- earthy matter, fine sand, or the like carried by moving or running water and deposited as a sediment.
- to become filled or choked up with silt.
- to fill or choke up with silt.
Origin of silt
Examples from the Web for silted
Historical Examples of silted
At the bar where the sand has silted, a few steamers were lying.In Mesopotamia
I allude only to the head of Glen Roy and Kilfinnin as silted up.More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II
It has been silted up by sand and unburied again; it has been worshipped and hated.Round the Wonderful World
G. E. Mitton
A number of lakes then existed which have since been silted up.Fragments of Earth Lore
These heavy sands are language tide and wind have silted here.Ulysses
- a fine deposit of mud, clay, etc, esp one in a river or lake
- (usually foll by up) to fill or become filled with silt; choke
Word Origin for silt
Word Origin and History for silted
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.
- A sedimentary material consisting of grains or particles of disintegrated rock, smaller than sand and larger than clay. The diameter of the particles ranges from 0.0039 to 0.0625 mm. Silt is often found at the bottom of bodies of water where it accumulates slowly by settling through the water.