Mineral or organic material which has been transported and deposited by an agent of erosion such as water, wind, and ice.
From Fr. sédiment, from L. sedimentum "a settling, sinking down," from stem of sedere "to settle, sit"
Nehešt past stem of neheštan "to place, deposit," from ne- "down, below," → ni- (PIE), + heštan "to place, put" from Mid.Pers. hištan, hilidan "to let, set, leave, abandon;" Parthian Mid.Pers. hyrz; O.Pers. hard- "to send forth," ava.hard- "to abandon;" Av. harəz- "to discharge, send out; to filter," hərəzaiti "releases, shoots;" cf. Skt. srj- "to let go or fly, throw, cast, emit, put forth;" Pali sajati "to let loose, send forth."
Of, pertaining to, or of the nature of sediment.
Adj. of → sediment.
Fr.: roche sédimentaire