- 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 silty
Sometimes it seemed to make no headway at all against the heavy, silty current.Birthright
The flathead chub is found in silty water and often is the predominant species in streams that have high turbidity.
The silty soil preferred by the willow is scarce as both streams are actively eroding their channels.
A light to heavy silty loam, underlaid by a silty clay loam, is considered best.Apple Growing
M. C. Burritt
By rubbing some of this between the fingers, both dry and wet, one can get a fair idea of how a silty soil should feel.The First Book of Farming
Charles L. Goodrich
- 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 and History for silty
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.