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Meaning of ALLUVION

Pronunciation:  u'looveeun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  clay or slit or gravel carried by rushing streams and deposited where the stream slows down
  2. [n]  the rising of a body of water and its overflowing onto normally dry land; "plains fertilized by annual inundations"1
  3. [n]  gradual formation of new land, by recession of the sea or deposit of sediment

ALLUVION is a 8 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: alluvial deposit, alluvial sediment, alluvium, deluge, flood, inundation
 See Also: alluvial soil, debacle, deposit, flash flood, flashflood, geological phenomenon, geological process, placer, sediment



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Al*lu"vi*on\, n. [F. alluvion, L. alluvio, fr. alluere
to wash against; ad + luere, equiv. to lavare, to wash. See
1. Wash or flow of water against the shore or bank.

2. An overflowing; an inundation; a flood. --Lyell.

3. Matter deposited by an inundation or the action of flowing
   water; alluvium.

         The golden alluvions are there [in California and
         Australia] spread over a far wider space: they are
         found not only on the banks of rivers, and in their
         beds, but are scattered over the surface of vast
         plains.                               --R. Cobden.

4. (Law) An accession of land gradually washed to the shore
   or bank by the flowing of water. See {Accretion}.