- the matter that settles to the bottom of a liquid; lees; dregs.
- Geology. mineral or organic matter deposited by water, air, or ice.
- to deposit as sediment.
- to form or deposit sediment.
Origin of sediment
Examples from the Web for sedimented
Historical Examples of sedimented
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
Sandy looked down at the contorted, blackened face, and his disappointment at having been forestalled, sedimented down.Rimrock Trail
J. Allan Dunn
- matter that settles to the bottom of a liquid
- material that has been deposited from water, ice, or wind
Word Origin for sediment
Word Origin and History for sedimented
1540s, "matter which settles at the bottom of water or other liquid," from Middle French sédiment (16c.) and directly from Latin sedimentum "a settling, sinking down," from stem of sedere "to settle, sit" (see sedentary).
- Insoluble material that sinks to the bottom of a liquid, as in hypostasis.
- 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.