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Meaning of SILT

Pronunciation:  silt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  mud or clay or small rocks deposited by a river or lake
  2. [v]  become chocked with silt, of rivers and lakes

SILT is a 4 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: silt up
 See Also: back up, choke, choke off, clog, clog up, congest, dirt, foul, soil



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Silt\, n. [OE. silte gravel, fr. silen to drain, E. sile;
    probably of Scand. origin; cf. Sw. sila, prob. akin to AS.
    se['o]n to filter, s[=i]gan to fall, sink, cause to sink, G.
    seihen to strain, to filter, OHG. sihan, Icel. s[=i]>a, Skr.
    sic to pour; cf. Gr. ??? moisture. Cf. {Sig}, {Sile}.]
    Mud or fine earth deposited from running or standing water.
  2. \Silt\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Silted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To choke, fill, or obstruct with silt or mud.
  3. \Silt\, v. i.
    To flow through crevices; to percolate.
Biology Dictionary
  1. Particles in siliciclastic sediment that range in size from 0.0039 millimeters (very fine silt) to 0.0625 millimeters (coarse silt), according to the Udden-Wentworth scale. In field geology, a mudrock has silt in it if it feels smooth to the fingers but tastes gritty between the teeth. Silt and clay are collectively classified as mud.
    1. Earthy sediment of fine particles of rock and soil suspended in and carried by water.
    2. Substrate particles 0.004-0.062 mm in diameter.