See also: SLUDGE

EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

Possibly related to slush.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /slʌd͡ʒ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʌd͡ʒ

NounEdit

sludge (countable and uncountable, plural sludges)

  1. Solids separated from suspension in a liquid.
    • 2013 June 29, “High and wet”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8842, page 28:
      Floods in northern India, mostly in the small state of Uttarakhand, have wrought disaster on an enormous scale. [] Rock-filled torrents smashed vehicles and homes, burying victims under rubble and sludge.
  2. A residual semi-solid material left from industrial, water treatment, or wastewater treatment processes.
  3. A sediment of accumulated minerals in a steam boiler.
  4. A mass of small pieces of ice on the surface of a body of water.
  5. (uncountable, music) sludge metal

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  • Italian: sludge

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VerbEdit

sludge (third-person singular simple present sludges, present participle sludging, simple past and past participle sludged)

  1. (intransitive, informal) To slump or slouch.
  2. (intransitive) To slop or drip slowly.