aerosol

noun
aero·​sol | \ ˈer-ə-ˌsäl How to pronounce aerosol (audio) , -ˌsȯl How to pronounce aerosol (audio) \

Definition of aerosol

1 : a suspension of fine solid or liquid particles in gas Smoke, fog, and mist are aerosols. airborne aerosol transmission of infective viral particles also aerosols plural : the fine particles of an aerosol stratospheric aerosols
2 : a substance (such as an insecticide or medicine) dispensed from a pressurized container as an aerosol also : the container for this

Examples of aerosol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dry shampoo is often in an aerosol can and is sprayed onto the roots when styling. Julie Ricevuto, Allure, "The Science of Beauty: How to Use the 7 Types of Shampoo," 25 Nov. 2020 To see how the coronavirus might spread in a commercial jet, the study measured a fluorescent aerosol spray that was emitted from a mannequin placed in various seats in two types of Boeing jets. Hugo Martin, Anchorage Daily News, "Is the COVID-19 risk on airplanes really as low as airlines claim?," 3 Nov. 2020 To see how the coronavirus might spread in a commercial jet, the study measured a fluorescent aerosol spray that was emitted from a mannequin placed in various seats in two types of Boeing jets. al, "What is the risk of catching COVID-19 on an airplane? UAB professor says findings ‘misrepresented’," 30 Oct. 2020 Medics who were recruited by the protesters tended to people who were affected by the aerosol. Jessica Villagomez, chicagotribune.com, "Bricks thrown at Evanston police, Northwestern University students pepper-sprayed in off-campus clash as protesters again call on university to defund its police," 1 Nov. 2020 Many experts now agree that better ventilation of indoor environments and masking can help curb this aerosol-borne disease. Fedor Kossakovski, National Geographic, "Why some people are superspreaders and how the body emits coronavirus," 27 Oct. 2020 Even so, little state or federal guidance suggests what to do about reducing this murky aerosol threat, which could magnify as winter drives Minnesotans indoors. Jeremy Olson, Star Tribune, "University of Minnesota, orchestra study aerosols from instruments," 17 Oct. 2020 To see how the coronavirus might spread in a commercial jet, the study measured a fluorescent aerosol spray that was emitted from a mannequin placed in various seats in two types of Boeing jets. Hugo Martin, Anchorage Daily News, "Is the COVID-19 risk on airplanes really as low as airlines claim?," 3 Nov. 2020 To see how the coronavirus might spread in a commercial jet, the study measured a fluorescent aerosol spray that was emitted from a mannequin placed in various seats in two types of Boeing jets. al, "What is the risk of catching COVID-19 on an airplane? UAB professor says findings ‘misrepresented’," 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of aerosol

1923, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aerosol

aero- + -sol (in hydrosol)

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The first known use of aerosol was in 1923

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28 Dec 2020

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“Aerosol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/aerosol. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for aerosol

aerosol

noun
How to pronounce aerosol (audio) How to pronounce aerosol (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of aerosol

: a substance (such as hair spray or medicine) that is kept in a container under pressure and that is released as a fine spray when a button is pressed

aerosol

noun
aero·​sol | \ ˈer-ə-ˌsäl How to pronounce aerosol (audio) , -ˌsȯl \

Kids Definition of aerosol

1 : a substance (as an insect repellent or medicine) that is released from a container as a spray of tiny solid or liquid particles in gas
2 : a container (as a can) that dispenses a substance as a spray

aerosol

noun
aero·​sol | \ ˈar-ə-ˌsäl How to pronounce aerosol (audio) , ˈer- How to pronounce aerosol (audio) , -ˌsȯl \

Medical Definition of aerosol

1 : a suspension of fine solid or liquid particles in gas smoke, fog, and mist are aerosols
2 : a substance (as an insecticide or medicine) dispensed from a pressurized container as an aerosol also : the container for this

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