Better word for floaties?
August 10, 2005 6:43 PM Subscribe
Is there an antonym to 'sediment'?
posted by PurplePorpoise to writing & language (40 answers total)
Is there a general term for stuff that floats on top of a liquid?
Sediment/precipitate is an adjective for stuff that will fall to the bottom of a liquid. Is there an equivalent term for, say, froth/garbage that rises to the top of a body of water or say froth/aerobic microorganisms that rise to the top of a container of liquid?
One source suggests 'whey' but I suspect that it's more that whey (carbohydrate complexes that exist in milk) behaves this way. I guess 'cream' would, too. 'Froth' (polar molecules complexed with gas and perhaps small insoluble bits) seems a little too strict.