[ noun sed-uh-muhnt; verb sed-uh-ment ]
/ noun ˈsɛd ə mənt; verb ˈsɛd əˌmɛnt /
the matter that settles to the bottom of a liquid; lees; dregs.
Geology. mineral or organic matter deposited by water, air, or ice.
verb (used with object)
to deposit as sediment.
verb (used without object)
to form or deposit sediment.
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Origin of sediment
OTHER WORDS FROM sedimentsed·i·men·tous, adjectiveself-sed·i·ment·ed, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for sediment
Sandy looked down at the contorted, blackened face, and his disappointment at having been forestalled, sedimented down.Rimrock Trail|J. Allan Dunn
The samples of milk are sedimented in a small centrifuge, and an examination of the sediment made with the microscope.Outlines of dairy bacteriology|H. L. Russell
British Dictionary definitions for sediment
/ (ˈsɛdɪmənt) /
matter that settles to the bottom of a liquid
material that has been deposited from water, ice, or wind
Derived forms of sedimentsedimentous (ˌsɛdɪˈmɛntəs), adjective
Word Origin for sediment
C16: from Latin sedimentum a settling, from sedēre to sit
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Medical definitions for sediment
[ sĕd′ə-mənt ]
Insoluble material that sinks to the bottom of a liquid, as in hypostasis.
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Scientific definitions for sediment
[ sĕd′ə-mənt ]
Geology Solid fragmented material, such as silt, sand, gravel, chemical precipitates, and fossil fragments, that is transported and deposited by water, ice, or wind or that accumulates through chemical precipitation or secretion by organisms, and that forms layers on the Earth's surface. Sedimentary rocks consist of consolidated sediment.
Particles of solid matter that settle out of a suspension to the bottom of the liquid.
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