emission

noun
emis·​sion | \ ē-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce emission (audio) \

Definition of emission

1a : an act or instance of emitting : emanation
b archaic : publication
c : a putting into circulation
2a : something sent forth by emitting: such as
(1) : electromagnetic radiation from an antenna or a celestial body
(2) usually emissions : substances discharged into the air (as by a smokestack or an automobile engine)
b : effluvium

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Other Words from emission

emissive \ ē-​ˈmi-​siv How to pronounce emissive (audio) \ adjective

Examples of emission in a Sentence

trying to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases

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The deal also includes a plan for Ford to use VW’s electric vehicle platform to build zero-emissions cars for the European market starting in 2023. Tom Krisher, BostonGlobe.com, "Volkswagen, Ford team up to make autonomous, electric vehicles," 12 July 2019 The deal also includes a plan for Ford to use VW’s modular electric vehicle underpinnings to build zero-emissions cars for the European market starting in 2023. Washington Post, "VW, Ford broaden alliance to autonomous, electric vehicles," 12 July 2019 However, the temperature increases on both trajectories are very similar up until 2050, when the current high-emission forecast diverges substantially, said Mann. Stephen Leahy, National Geographic, "By 2050, many U.S. cities will have weather like they’ve never seen," 10 July 2019 In August, state regulators plan hearings to consider adopting California’s zero-emission vehicle standard. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Judge hits brakes on car dealers’ lawsuit against state rule boosting fuel efficiency," 8 July 2019 Mayor José Luis Martínez-Almeida had prompted street protests by suspending fines against those who drive older cars or motorcycles into Madrid Central, a low-emissions zone established by his left-wing predecessor. Raphael Minder, New York Times, "Judge Orders Madrid to Keep Fining Polluting Drivers," 6 July 2019 Instead, politicians in the United States seem to be more comfortable simply evening the playing field for renewable and zero-emissions energy by offering incentives and subsidies to those industries. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Federal bill would allow clean energy companies to structure like oil companies," 17 June 2019 High-emission vehicles will be gradually taken off the roads, the province’s 126 bodies of water will be cleaned up, forest coverage will be increased, and waste management infrastructure will be improved, according to plans. Crystal Reid, Popular Mechanics, "This Tiny Island Is Trying to Save the World. But Why?," 12 June 2019 California has even mandated that, by 2029, all buses purchased by its mass transit agencies be zero-emission. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Why Electric Buses Haven't Taken Over the World—Yet," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of emission

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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emission

noun

English Language Learners Definition of emission

: the act of producing or sending out something (such as energy or gas) from a source
: something sent out or given off

emission

noun
emis·​sion | \ ē-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce emission (audio) \

Kids Definition of emission

1 : the act of giving off The energy plant is reducing the emission of harmful gases.
2 : something that is given off Scientists can record radio emissions from far-off stars.

emission

noun
emis·​sion | \ ē-ˈmish-ən How to pronounce emission (audio) \

Medical Definition of emission

1 : an act or instance of emitting
2a : something sent forth by emitting: as
(1) : electrons discharged from a surface
(2) : electromagnetic waves radiated by an antenna or a celestial body
(3) : substances and especially pollutants discharged into the air (as by a smokestack or an automobile gasoline engine)
b : a discharge of fluid from a living body especially : ejaculate — see nocturnal emission

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