emission

noun

emis·​sion ē-ˈmi-shən How to pronounce emission (audio)
1
a
: an act or instance of emitting : emanation
b
archaic : publication
c
: a putting into circulation
2
a
: 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
emissive adjective

Examples of emission in a Sentence

trying to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases
Recent Examples on the Web Therefore, reducing or eliminating those emissions is regarded as the key to achieving the state’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2045. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, 6 July 2024 In all other instances, MDE wrote that there were no emissions violations. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 5 July 2024 General Motors will pay nearly $146 million in penalties to the federal government because 5.9 million of its older vehicles do not comply with emissions and fuel economy standards. Sasha Rogelberg, Fortune, 4 July 2024 The excess emissions were detected as part of mandatory testing designed to make sure vehicles are not violating federal tailpipe standards. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 3 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for emission 

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Word History

First Known Use

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of emission was in 1607

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Cite this Entry

“Emission.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emission. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

emission

noun
emis·​sion ē-ˈmish-ən How to pronounce emission (audio)
1
: an act or instance of emitting
2
: something emitted or discharged
emissive adjective

Medical Definition

emission

noun
emis·​sion ē-ˈmish-ən How to pronounce emission (audio)
1
: an act or instance of emitting
2
a
: 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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