Definition of sediment in English:



  • 1Matter that settles to the bottom of a liquid; dregs.

    • ‘The wine is cleared of sediment and bottled under pressure, directly from the tank.’
    • ‘There was a lot of sediment at the bottom of the glass, but the wine waiter told us this was a sign of a good wine.’
    • ‘It contains no spices and leaves a little sediment in the bottom of the cup.’
    • ‘Just be sure to strain it first through a coffee filter to remove any remaining dirt or sediment.’
    • ‘Fry these until just colouring and loosening the sediment from the bottom of the pan.’
    • ‘Ideally, red and fortified wines should stand upright for about a week before the event to adjust slowly to the increased temperature and to enable any sediment to settle at the bottom of the bottle.’
    • ‘Serious restaurants will use crystal stemware of sufficient size to allow swirling and sniffing, and decanters should also be available for young wines in need of oxidation or old wines with sediment.’
    • ‘Discard the sediment at the bottom of the drained container.’
    • ‘My wife claims that disturbed sediment in wines affects taste as well as appearance.’
    • ‘Fill a jug and leave it to stand until the sediment has settled, then use the clear water at the top.’
    • ‘Pour into eight clean plastic soft drink bottles, stirring the mix often as the sediment settles quickly.’
    • ‘The sediment will settle in a thick layer at the bottom.’
    • ‘First stand the wine upright for a day or two, so all the sediment sinks to the bottom of the bottle.’
    • ‘The result is a clear, gluggable, star-bright jug of wine - and the contents of the glass can be swigged too, once the sediment has settled.’
    • ‘Look for a British beer with visible yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle.’
    • ‘I had no choice but to wait for the sediment to settle.’
    dregs, lees, deposit, grounds, settlings, residue, remains, accumulation, silt, sludge, alluvium
    precipitate, sublimate, residuum
    draff, grouts
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    1. 1.1Geology Particulate matter that is carried by water or wind and deposited on the surface of the land or the bottom of a body of water, and may in time become consolidated into rock.
      • ‘Siliciclastic sediment is supplemented by skeletal debris of biological origin or by biochemically extracted calcium carbonate.’
      • ‘Most coarse-grained clastic sediment that is deposited in turbidite basins is either derived from alluvial basins or shallow marine shelves.’
      • ‘Areas of overlying sandy sediments were removed to expose the fossiliferous clay.’
      • ‘The generally immature nature of the palaeosols indicates that most vegetation colonized newly deposited fluvial sediments.’
      • ‘The proportion of coarse sediment deposited in the plot drains increased with larger storms.’


  • 1 Settle as sediment.

    • ‘Another method was to allow the powder to sediment out of a viscous solution of gum arabic, leaving only the very finest particles in suspension.’
    • ‘The solution was allowed to sediment for 24 h and the particles left in suspension were drawn off with a syringe and used for perfusions.’
    • ‘Throughout the two protocols described below, cells were allowed to sediment between each step.’
    • ‘Proteins will sediment through a solution in a centrifugal field dependent upon their mass.’
    1. 1.1(of a liquid) deposit a sediment.
    2. 1.2[with object]Deposit (something) as a sediment.
      ‘the DNA was sedimented by centrifugation’
      ‘sedimented waste’
      • ‘Such nuclear suspension was sedimented by gentle centrifugation, the enzyme solution was decanted, and the nuclear pellet was resuspended in 1 x PBS buffer.’
      • ‘The homogenized muscle was sedimented at 5000 g for 5 min.’
      • ‘Pollen was sedimented by centrifugation at 100 g for 2 min and the excess sucrose drawn off by pipette.’
      • ‘Sputum cells were sedimented by centrifugation at 400 × g for 10 minutes.’
      • ‘After the respective diffusion time, sporopollenin capsules were sedimented by centrifugation.’
      • ‘For the routine measurements of Chl concentration, the cells were sedimented by centrifugation and extracted with 100% methanol.’
      • ‘The membranes were sedimented at 24,000 g for 20 min.’
      • ‘The cell suspension was collected in an Eppendorf tube and sedimented by gentle centrifugation.’
      • ‘Cellular components were sedimented by centrifugation at 4 [degrees] C, 500 xg for 10 min.’
      • ‘After 1 min of extraction, cells were sedimented and the supernatant was decanted.’
      • ‘This complex was sedimented by centrifugation at 10 000 g for 2 min.’


Mid 16th century: from French sédiment or Latin sedimentum settling from sedere sit.