From Middle English silte, cilte, cylte, perhaps from silen ("to filter; strain"; see sile), or cognate with Norwegian and Danish sylt (“salt marsh”), Middle Low German sulte (“salt-marsh”), German Sulze, Sülze (“brine”), ultimately from Proto-Germanic *sultijō (“salty water; brine”). Related to Old English sealt (“salt”).
- Mud or fine earth deposited from running or standing water.
- Material with similar physical characteristics, whatever its origins or transport.
- (geology) A particle from 3.9 to 62.5 microns in diameter, following the Wentworth scale
- (transitive) To clog or fill with silt.
- (intransitive) To become clogged with silt.
- (transitive, intransitive) To flow through crevices; to percolate.
silt (definite singular silten)
- “silt” in The Bokmål Dictionary.