What does silt mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. silt(verb)

    mud or clay or small rocks deposited by a river or lake

  2. silt up, silt(verb)

    become chocked with silt

    "The river silted up"


  1. silt(Noun)

    Mud or fine earth deposited from running or standing water.

  2. silt(Noun)

    Material with similar physical characteristics, whatever its origins or transport.

  3. silt(Noun)

    A particle from 3.9 to 62.5 microns in diameter, following the Wentworth scale

  4. silt(Verb)

    To clog or fill with silt.

  5. silt(Verb)

    To become clogged with silt.

  6. Origin: From cylte, cognate with Norwegian and Danish sylt and Old English sealt

Webster Dictionary

  1. Silt(noun)

    mud or fine earth deposited from running or standing water

  2. Silt(verb)

    to choke, fill, or obstruct with silt or mud

  3. Silt(verb)

    to flow through crevices; to percolate

  4. Origin: [OE. silte gravel, fr. silen to drain, E. sile; probably of Scand. origin; cf. Sw. sila, prob. akin to AS. sen to filter, sgan to fall, sink, cause to sink, G. seihen to strain, to filter, OHG. shan, Icel. sa, Skr. sic to pour; cf. Gr. 'ikma`s moisture. Cf. Sig, Sile.]


  1. Silt

    Silt is granular material of a size somewhere between sand and clay whose mineral origin is quartz and feldspar. Silt may occur as a soil or as suspended sediment in a surface water body. It may also exist as soil deposited at the bottom of a water body.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Silt

    silt, n. that which is left by straining: sediment: the sand, &c., left by water.—v.t. to fill with sediment (with up).—v.i. to percolate through pores: to become filled up.—adj. Silt′y, full of, or resembling, silt. [Prov. Eng. sile, allied to Low Ger. sielen, Sw. sila, to let water off, to strain.]

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Anagrams for silt »

  1. list, lits, slit

  2. Lits


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of silt in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of silt in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Alok Gupta:

    Silt increases soil fertility. If farmers use the silt from Nilona, they can get a higher (crop) yield. In turn, we don’t have to worry about its disposal.

  2. Richard Peirce:

    An awful lot of attacks occur in river mouths, where there is silt and other material in suspension in the river -- people washing their clothes, people washing themselves.

  3. Farmer Gaju Rawat:

    They offered us tonnes of silt for free, provided we transported it ourselves. I brought 30 tractors of silt, which is a very good way to increase moisture to my field. Normally I get 15-30 quintals of cotton. But this year, I am expecting at least double that.

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