[ silt ]
/ sɪlt /
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earthy matter, fine sand, or the like carried by moving or running water and deposited as a sediment.
verb (used without object)
to become filled or choked up with silt.
verb (used with object)
to fill or choke up with silt.
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Origin of silt
1400–50; late Middle English cylte gravel, perhaps originally salty deposit; compare Old English unsylt unsalted, unseasoned, sylting seasoning, syltan to salt, season, Norwegian sylt salty swamp, German Sülze salt marsh, brine
OTHER WORDS FROM siltsil·ta·tion, nounsilty, adjectivede·silt, verb (used with object)
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How to use silt in a sentence
Hence when the discharge is large there is danger of erosion, and when it is small of silting or obstruction by weeds.
Since then it has greatly declined, owing to the silting up of its harbour and the competition of Taganrog.
Before the silting up of Poole Harbour the sea came nearer to its walls than it does now and the river was much wider.Thomas Hardy's Dorset|Robert Thurston Hopkins
At some late period in the Roman domination this magnificent harbour was found to be silting up.The Ingoldsby Country|Charles G. (Charles George) Harper
This silting up began at a remote era, closing one port after another, and Sandwich rose upon their decline.England, Picturesque and Descriptive|Joel Cook
British Dictionary definitions for silt
/ (sɪlt) /
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
Derived forms of siltsiltation, nounsilty, adjective
Word Origin for silt
C15: of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian, Danish sylt salt marsh; related to Old High German sulza salt marsh; see salt
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Scientific definitions for silt
[ sĭlt ]
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.
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