Definitions for sedimentˈsɛd ə mənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sed•i•mentˈsɛd ə mənt(n.)

  1. the matter that settles to the bottom of a liquid; lees; dregs.

  2. Geol. mineral or organic matter deposited by water, air, or ice.

    Category: Geology

Origin of sediment:

1540–50; < L sedimentum=sedi- (comb. form of sedēre to sit , settle) +-mentum -ment

sed`i•men′tous(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sediment, deposit(verb)

    matter that has been deposited by some natural process

  2. sediment(verb)

    deposit as a sediment

  3. sediment(verb)

    settle as sediment

Wiktionary

  1. sediment(Noun)

    A collection of small particles, particularly dirt, that precipitates from a river or other body of water.

    The Nile delta is composed of sediment that was washed down and deposited at the mouth of the river.

  2. sediment(Verb)

    To deposit material as a sediment

  3. sediment(Verb)

    To be deposited as a sediment

  4. Origin: From sedimentum < sedeo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sediment(noun)

    the matter which subsides to the bottom, frrom water or any other liquid; settlings; lees; dregs

  2. Sediment(noun)

    the material of which sedimentary rocks are formed

Freebase

  1. Sediment

    Sediment is a naturally occurring material that is broken down by processes of weathering and erosion, and is subsequently transported by the action of wind, water, or ice, and/or by the force of gravity acting on the particle itself. Sediments are most often transported by water, wind and glaciers. Beach sands and river channel deposits are examples of fluvial transport and deposition, though sediment also often settles out of slow-moving or standing water in lakes and ocean dunes and loess are examples of aeolian transport and deposition. Glacial moraine deposits and till are ice-transported sediments.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'sediment' in Nouns Frequency: #2873


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

sediment(noun)

the material that settles at the bottom of a liquid

Her feet sank into the sediment on the river bed.

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