verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of silt
Examples from the Web for silt
The quality of water eventually becomes a concern, as reservoirs drop and salt and silt become more concentrated.
The subdead were coming, walking out of the silt formed fog.The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks|Max Brooks|January 14, 2011|DAILY BEAST
The top crumbled under their touch and silt rose into the water around them.
This is because the cells of their parenchyma are gorged with very minute solid particles of silt.Freshwater Sponges, Hydroids & Polyzoa|Nelson Annandale
We find then that texture of the soil depends largely on the relative amounts of sand, silt, clay and humus that it contains.The First Book of Farming|Charles L. Goodrich
In consequence of this continued displacement of the silt and clay, a cavity had been formed above the staves.The life of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Civil Engineer|Isambard Brunel
The water was murky, too, because of the sand and silt stirred up by the storm.
Word Origin for silt
mid-15c., originally "sediment deposited by seawater," probably from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian and Danish sylt "salt marsh"), or from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch silte, sulte "salt marsh, brine," from Proto-Germanic *sultjo- (cf. Old English sealt, Old High German sulza "saltwater," German Sulze "brine"), from PIE *sal- (see salt (n.)).
"to become choked with silt" (of river channels, harbors, etc.), 1799, from silt (n.). Related: Silted; silting.