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sediment

noun uk   us   /ˈsed.ɪ.mənt/
[C or U] a soft substance that is like a wet powder and consists of very small pieces of a solid material that have fallen to the bottom of a liquid: There was a brown sediment in the bottom of the bottle.sediments [plural] sand, stones, etc. that slowly form a layer of rock: It is hoped that the oil slick will sink to the seabed where it would be covered within a few years by sediments and eventually decompose.
sedimentation
noun [U] uk   us   /ˌsed.ɪ.menˈteɪ.ʃən/
Translations of “sediment”
in Vietnamese cặn…
in Spanish sedimento…
in Thai ตะกอน…
in Malaysian mendapan…
in French sédiment…
in German das Sediment…
in Chinese (Traditional) 沈澱物,沈渣…
in Indonesian endapan, sedimen…
in Russian осадок…
in Turkish tortu, çökelti…
in Chinese (Simplified) 沉淀物,沉渣…
in Polish osad…
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