deposit


deposit
deposit n Deposit, precipitate, sediment, dregs, lees, grounds mean matter which settles to the bottom of or is let fall from suspension in a fluid (as air or water).
Deposit, the most comprehensive term, refers to matter let fall by a natural or mechanical process to remain where it settles until there is a visible layer or accumulation
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a deposit of soot in a chimney

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a deposit of gravel on the bed of a river

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rich deposits of coal

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the walls of the houses are clean and less discolored by the deposit of carbon than usual in most towns— Jefferies

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Precipitate denotes a usually solid substance separated from a solution or suspension by some chemical interaction or by some physical force (as heat, cold, or centrifugal force)
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camphor may be obtained as a precipitate from an alcoholic solution by addition of water

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some finely divided precipitates (as silver chloride and zinc sulfide) coalesce into amorphous, curdy, or flocculent masses that remain suspended near the surface of the liquid

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Sediment applies to matter that settles to the bottom of a liquid
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sharp rocks hidden by sediment spoiled the cove for diving

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The word may be used of other matters with emphasis on a foreign element that disturbs the clarity or purity of something
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the poetry of all these men contained a deep sediment of prose meaning— Day Lewis

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Dregs and lees typically apply to the sediment found at the bottom of a cask or a bottle of some alcoholic or fermenting liquor, but the terms may be used of other things that, like a sediment, suggest that something now fair has been formerly turbid, foul, or offensive, or that imply the worthlessness of what lies at' the bottom or is left over
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destined to drain the cup of bitterness, even to its dregsSouthey

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the very dregs of the population—C. M. Davies

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I will drink life to the leesTennyson

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the angler . . . has left for his day's work only the lees of his nervous energy— Kingsley

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the sonnet became ... a thing of frigid conceits worn bare by iteration; of servile borrowings; of artificial sentiment, flat as the lees and dregs of wine— Lowes

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Grounds is used of the small particles left after serving or drinking a beverage (as coffee); usually the term carries no implication of a disagreeable sediment but simply of one from which all the flavor has been exhausted.
Analogous words: falling, dropping, sinking, subsiding (see FALL)

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  • deposit — de·pos·it 1 /di pä zət/ vt 1: to place for safekeeping or as security may deposit the property with the court; esp: to put in a bank account 2 in the civil law of Louisiana: to place (movable property) under a deposit the depository can not make… …   Law dictionary

  • Deposit — may refer to: Deposit (town), New York Deposit (village), New York Deposit account, a bank account that allows money to be deposited and withdrawn by the account holder Demand deposit, the funds held in demand deposit accounts in commercial banks …   Wikipedia

  • Deposit — De*pos it, n. [L. depositum, fr. depositus, p. p. of deponere: cf. F. d[ e]p[^o]t, OF. depost. See {Deposit}, v. t., and cf. {Depot}.] 1. That which is deposited, or laid or thrown down; as, a deposit in a flue; especially, matter precipitated… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • déposit — ● déposit nom masculin (anglais deposit, dépôt) En Bourse, synonyme de couverture. ● déposit (synonymes) nom masculin (anglais deposit, dépôt) Synonymes : couverture …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • deposit — ► NOUN 1) a sum of money placed in a bank or other account. 2) a sum payable as a first instalment or as a pledge. 3) a returnable sum paid to cover possible loss or damage. 4) a layer or body of accumulated matter. 5) the action or an act of… …   English terms dictionary

  • Deposit — De*pos it, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Deposited}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Depositing}.] [L. depositus, p. p. of deponere. See {Depone}, and cf. {Deposit}, n.] 1. To lay down; to place; to put; to let fall or throw down (as sediment); as, a crocodile deposits… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Deposit — Deposit, NY U.S. village in New York Population (2000): 1699 Housing Units (2000): 823 Land area (2000): 1.257708 sq. miles (3.257448 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.059620 sq. miles (0.154416 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.317328 sq. miles (3.411864… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Deposit, NY — U.S. village in New York Population (2000): 1699 Housing Units (2000): 823 Land area (2000): 1.257708 sq. miles (3.257448 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.059620 sq. miles (0.154416 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.317328 sq. miles (3.411864 sq. km) FIPS …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • deposit — [n1] down payment; money saved drop, installment, money in the bank, partial payment, pledge, retainer, security, stake, warranty; concepts 340,344 Ant. debit, withdrawal deposit [n2] accumulation of solid alluvium, delta, deposition, dregs,… …   New thesaurus

  • deposit — [dē päz′it, dipäz′it] vt. [< L depositus, pp. of deponere, to put down < de , down + ponere, to put: see POSITION] 1. to place or entrust for safekeeping 2. to put (money) in a bank, as for safekeeping or to earn interest 3. to put down as… …   English World dictionary


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