ozone


ozone

noun \ˈō-ˌzōn\

: a form of oxygen that is found in a layer high in the earth's atmosphere

: fresh healthy air especially near the sea

Full Definition of OZONE

1
:  a triatomic very reactive form of oxygen that is a bluish irritating gas of pungent odor, that is a major air pollutant in the lower atmosphere but a beneficial component of the upper atmosphere, and that is used for oxidizing, bleaching, disinfecting, and deodorizing
2
:  pure and refreshing air <relished the ozone of morning>
ozo·nic \ō-ˈzō-nik, -ˈzä-\ adjective

Examples of OZONE

  1. Scientists are concerned about ozone depletion.
  2. A light breeze filled the rooms of our seaside cottage with ozone.

Origin of OZONE

German Ozon, from Greek ozōn, present participle of ozein to smell — more at odor
First Known Use: circa 1840

Other Climate/Meteorology Terms

monsoon, occlusion, rime, squall, zephyr

Rhymes with OZONE

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ozone

noun \ˈō-ˌzōn\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of OZONE

: a triatomic very reactive form of oxygen that is a bluish irritating gas of pungent odor, that is formed naturally in the atmosphere by a photochemical reaction and is a major air pollutant in the lower atmosphere but a beneficial component of the upper atmosphere, and that is used for oxidizing, bleaching, disinfecting, and deodorizing
ozo·nic \ō-ˈzō-nik, -ˈzän-ik\ adjective

ozone

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Pale blue gas (O) that is irritating, explosive, and toxic. Like ordinary oxygen gas (O), it contains oxygen atoms, but the bonding of three atoms per molecule gives it distinctive properties. It is formed in electrical discharges and accounts for the distinctive odour of the air after thunderstorms or near electrical equipment. Usually manufactured on the spot by passing an electric discharge through oxygen or air, it is used in water purification, deodorization, bleaching, and various chemical reactions that require a strong oxidizing agent (see oxidation-reduction). Small amounts that occur naturally in the stratospheric ozone layer absorb ultraviolet (UV) radiation that otherwise could severely damage living organisms. Near Earth's surface, ozone contributes to air pollution, ozone produced by auto emissions in the presence of sunlight being a deleterious component of smog, and also accelerates the deterioration of rubber.

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