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Part of speech: noun

Origin: Middle English, 15th century


Fine sand, clay, or other material carried by running water and deposited as a sediment, especially in a channel or harbor.

Examples of Silt in a sentence

"There was mostly silt and a few rocks at the bottom of the pond."

"Chris has a special attachment for his pool vacuum to pick up silt so fine it would otherwise clog the machine."

About Silt

“Silt” is a centuries-old word with uncertain origins, though it came into English through the Middle English words “silte” and “cylte” which also indicate sediments left by water sources.

Did you Know?

There are many words similar to “silt” across northern European languages. In Norwegian and Dutch the word “sylt” refers specifically to a “salt marsh,” as does the word “sylta” in Swedish. These words were preceded by the Middle Low German “sulte,” also meaning “salt-marsh.” All are related to the Old English “sealt” (circa 11th century) meaning “salt.” Between the 15th and 16th century, “silt” developed its modern meaning of fine sediment deposited by water.

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