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Muck vs Silt - What's the difference?

muck | silt |

As nouns the difference between muck and silt

is that muck is slimy mud while silt is .

As a verb muck

is to shovel muck.




  • Slimy mud.
  • The car was covered in muck from the rally race.
    I need to clean the muck off my shirt.
  • Soft or slimy manure.
  • (Francis Bacon)
  • dirt; something that makes another thing dirty.
  • What's that green muck on the floor?
  • Anything filthy or vile.
  • (Spenser)
  • (obsolete, derogatory) money
  • * Beaumont and Fletcher
  • the fatal muck we quarrelled for

    Derived terms

    * mucky * where there's muck there's brass


    (en verb)
  • To shovel muck.
  • We need to muck the stable before it gets too thick.
  • To manure with muck.
  • To do a dirty job.
  • (poker, colloquial) To pass (gloss, give one's cards back to the dealer).
  • Derived terms

    * muck about * muck around * muck in * muck out * muck up * mucker * muckraker * mucky * muck spreader * common as muck * where there's muck there's brass ----




  • Mud or fine earth deposited from running or standing water.
  • Material with similar physical characteristics, whatever its origins or transport.
  • (geology) A particle from 3.9 to 62.5 microns in diameter, following the Wentworth scale
  • See also

    * alluvium * varve


    (en verb)
  • To clog or fill with silt.
  • To become clogged with silt.
  • To flow through crevices; to percolate.
  • Derived terms

    * silt up


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