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silt

[silt] /sɪlt/
noun
1.
earthy matter, fine sand, or the like carried by moving or running water and deposited as a sediment.
verb (used without object)
2.
to become filled or choked up with silt.
verb (used with object)
3.
to fill or choke up with silt.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English cylte gravel, perhaps orig. salty deposit; compare Old English unsylt unsalted, unseasoned, sylting seasoning, syltan to salt, season, Norwegian sylt salty swamp, German Sülze salt marsh, brine
Related forms
siltation, noun
silty, adjective
desilt, verb (used with object)
Can be confused
sand, sediment, silt.
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British Dictionary definitions for siltation

silt

/sɪlt/
noun
1.
a fine deposit of mud, clay, etc, esp one in a river or lake
verb
2.
(usually foll by up) to fill or become filled with silt; choke
Derived Forms
siltation, noun
silty, adjective
Word Origin
C15: of Scandinavian origin; compare Norwegian, Danish sylt salt marsh; related to Old High German sulza salt marsh; see salt
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Word Origin and History for siltation
silt
c.1440, originally "sediment deposited by seawater," probably from M.L.G. or M.Du. silte, sulte "salt marsh, brine," related to O.E. sealt, O.H.G. sulza "saltwater," Ger. Sulze "brine" (see salt). The verb meaning "to become choked with silt" (of river channels, harbors, etc.) is attested from 1799.
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siltation in Science
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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