- 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 silting
Historical Examples of silting
This then so far shows that there is a silting forward of the land.The History Of Herodotus
Intrigue, and riot, and suppression, and the silting up of the Zwyn were driving trade from Bruges.The Story of Bruges
Bruges, however, had now ceased to be the central market and exchange of Europe, owing to the silting up of the river Zwijn.History of Holland
The Laguna Madre has become dried up, however, due to the silting up of its channels.Mexico
Charles Reginald Enock
Outside the rain swept steadily against the glass with a soft, silting sound.Mortmain
Arthur Cheny Train
- 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 silting
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.