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soot

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noun \ˈsu̇t, ˈsət, ˈsüt\

Simple Definition of soot

  • : a black powder that is formed when something (such as wood or coal) is burned

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of soot

  1. :  a black substance formed by combustion or separated from fuel during combustion, rising in fine particles, and adhering to the sides of the chimney or pipe conveying the smoke; especially :  the fine powder consisting chiefly of carbon that colors smoke

Origin and Etymology of soot

Middle English, from Old English sōt; akin to Old Irish suide soot, Old English sittan to sit


First Known Use: before 12th century


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soot

transitive verb

Definition of soot

  1. :  to coat or cover with soot



1602

First Known Use of soot

1602

Rhymes with soot


SOOT Defined for Kids

soot

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noun \ˈsu̇t, ˈsət\

Definition of soot for Students

  1. :  a black powder formed when something is burned :  the very fine powder that colors smoke




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