Definition of contaminant
: something that contaminates
Examples of contaminant in a Sentence
a filter to remove contaminants from the drinking water
Recent Examples of contaminant from the Web
Contaminants will be removed from Metro's landfill gas before it is piped to Emerald Park and blended with the fuel supply there, officials said.
Under a U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) program, thousands of samples of meat and poultry products are analyzed each year, looking for residues of certain drugs, pesticides and other contaminants.
Each year, the agency samples 280 types of foods from three different cities across the country, tracking nutrients, metals, pesticides, and other contaminants.
FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2015, file photo, water flows through a series of sediment retention ponds built to reduce heavy metal and chemical contaminants from the Gold King Mine wastewater accident outside Silverton, Colo.
A recent study by FIU geochemist Henry Briceño found elevated levels of contaminants in the area where South Beach’s vaunted pumps dump runoff into the bay, raising environmental questions.
Sara Thatcher, the county’s spokeswoman for the Rice Creek Commons project, said residents who move to the site will get their drinking water from St. Paul Regional Water Services, so the contaminant won’t affect residential water quality.
Water testing done by the EPA at the Superfund site show elevated levels of contaminants in the drinking water.
Brewing water affects the pH of beer and how flavors are expressed on the palate, the balance of sulfate to chloride that can accentuate bitterness or sweetness and off-flavors from chlorine or contaminants, Craft Beer & Brewing magazine says.
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Definition of contaminant for English Language Learners
: something that makes a place or a substance (such as water, air, or food) no longer suitable for use : something that contaminates a place or substance
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