from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See alluvium.
- n. The flow of water against a shore or bank.
- n. Inundation by water; flood.
- n. Law The increasing of land area along a shore by deposited alluvium or by the recession of water.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The increase in the area of land due to the deposition of sediment (alluvium) by a river.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Wash or flow of water against the shore or bank.
- n. An overflowing; an inundation; a flood.
- n. Matter deposited by an inundation or the action of flowing water; alluvium.
- n. An accession of land gradually washed to the shore or bank by the flowing of water. See Accretion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Formerly— The wash of the sea against the shore, or of a river against its banks.
- n. The material deposited by seas or rivers; alluvium (which see).
- n. In modern legal use, an increase of land on a shore or a river-bank by the action of water, as by a current or by waves, whether from natural or from artificial causes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the rising of a body of water and its overflowing onto normally dry land
- n. clay or silt or gravel carried by rushing streams and deposited where the stream slows down
- n. gradual formation of new land, by recession of the sea or deposit of sediment
Latin alluviō, alluviōn-, from alluere, to wash against : ad-, ad- + -luere, to wash; see leu(ə)- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)