verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of silt
Examples from the Web for silted
Meanwhile we heard that the ferry had not been running for several days, as the river had fallen and the sand had silted up.Across the Prairie in a Motor Caravan|Frances Halton Eva Hasell
In other cases the bed is scoured more or less during the rise of a flood, and silted again during the subsidence of the flood.
Now it has become so silted up as to be practically useless.Highways and Byways in Cambridge and Ely|Rev. Edward Conybeare.
The harbour has silted up, and only a small piece of the walls is traceable.The Shores of the Adriatic|F. Hamilton Jackson
The old harbour of Dover has silted up centuries ago, and the gas works of the town are built over its site.The Old Road|Hilaire Belloc
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.