aerosol

noun
aero·​sol | \ˈer-ə-ˌsäl, -ˌsȯl \

Definition of aerosol 

1 : a suspension of fine solid or liquid particles in gas smoke, fog, and mist are aerosols 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

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For fine hair, aerosol dry shampoos are a great way to plump and thicken. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Why Your Dry Shampoo Isn’t Working—And 3 Easy Ways to Fix It," 23 Oct. 2018 The purple particles represent dust, and the blue particles represent sea salt aerosols. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "NASA's Global Aerosol Map Reveals the Long Reach of our Planet's Disasters," 27 Aug. 2018 That is maybe a little bit because of the phenomenon of global warming, but a great part of it is likely due to the fact that there are fewer sulfate aerosols in the atmosphere now than there were in the 1980s. Denise Chow /, NBC News, "Hurricane season is here. An extreme weather expert explains what's in store.," 3 June 2018 The aerosols launched into the lower atmosphere have been known to create colorful sunsets. Robert Krier, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Kilauea eruption not expected to affect regions beyond Hawaii," 17 May 2018 In its complaint, the state claimed that Cox stores and warehouses were illegally discarding batteries, electronic devices, aerosols and other items classified as hazardous waste. Jennifer Van Grove, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Cox settles hazardous waste, privacy suit with California for $3.3M," 24 May 2018 Of course, check with your local rules first to see if aerosol is accepted. Jessica Cruel, SELF, "You Should Be Recycling Your Beauty Products—10 Things You Need to Know," 7 July 2018 The witness, Platania told the court, would have testified at trial that the flames from Long’s aerosol can were not close to anyone. Ian Shapira, Washington Post, "Ku Klux Klan leader found guilty for firing gun at Charlottesville rally," 8 May 2018 For fine hair, aerosol dry shampoos are a great way to plump and thicken. Vogue, "Why Your Dry Shampoo Isn’t Working—And 5 Easy Ways to Fix It," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of aerosol

1918, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for aerosol

aero- + -sol (in hydrosol)

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aerosol

noun

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, -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, ˈer-, -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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