American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Material that settles to the bottom of a liquid; lees.
- n. Solid fragments of inorganic or organic material that come from the weathering of rock and are carried and deposited by wind, water, or ice.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The matter which settles to the bottom of water or any other liquid; settlings; lees; dregs; in geology, detrital material mechanically suspended in or deposited from water; the material of which the sedimentary rocks are composed.
- n. In a steam-boiler, an internal deposit of precipitate from the feed-water, or of solid matter mechanically present, which lies as a loose or soft mud on the heating surfaces: distinguished from scale, which is a hard crystalline coating adhering to the metal.
- To allow to settle; settle: said of matter in suspension in a liquid.
- n. A collection of small particles, particularly dirt, that precipitates from a river or other body of water.
- v. transitive To deposit material as a sediment.
- v. intransitive To be deposited as a sediment.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The matter which subsides to the bottom, from water or any other liquid; settlings; lees; dregs.
- n. (Geol.) The material of which sedimentary rocks are formed.
- v. settle as sediment
- v. deposit as a sediment
- n. matter that has been deposited by some natural process
- From Latin sedimentum < sedeō. (Wiktionary)
- Latin sedimentum, act of settling, from sedēre, to sit, settle; see sed- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But Dr. Atiq Rahman, a lead author of a UN report on climate change, says this may not make the country any less vulnerable: “The rate at which sediment is deposited and new land is created is much slower than the rate at which climate change and sea level rises are taking place.””
“E. coli was deteced in sediment samples but no standards exist for determining human health risks from E. coli in soil or sediment.”
“Floats are tethered to the trees so that once felled, no sediment is disturbed.”
“That hamburger is greasy and leaves a thin sediment of garbage floating queasily at the bottom of my stomach.”
“Levees have cut off the normal overflow of sediment from the Mississippi River which would otherwise gradually rebuild the coast. realist says:”
“Once brought to the surface, its contents can be analyzed to determine how much sediment is in the water.”
“Since 2006 he participates in the Sagalasoss Project and so far, most of his research in Sagalassos focuses on the long-term sediment dynamics of the Bügdüz catchment in the western part of the territory of Sagalassos.”
“The sediment is sago in its first stage – a fine powder, which is at once packed into cylinder-like cases for export.”
“A soil removal and long-term sediment and surface water monitoring plan is forthcoming.”
“But you can’t pick up a paper or turn on the telly without finding people being encouraged to dredge up the dark sediment from the bottoms of their psyches.”
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