Definition of impurity
1 : something that is impure or makes something else impure removing impurities from water
2 : the quality or state of being impure
Examples of impurity in a Sentence
the impurity of the water
The syrup is strained to remove impurities.
The water is free of impurities.
Recent Examples of impurity from the Web
High-energy coal contains less sulfur, ash and other impurities, burns cleaner and is regarded as better for the environment.
Air was blown into the converter through a number of small channels and forced through the liquid to remove the impurities.
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First Known Use of impurity
IMPURITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of impurity for English Language Learners
: the quality or state of being impure
: an unwanted substance that is found in something else and that prevents it from being pure
IMPURITY Defined for Kids
Definition of impurity for Students
1 : the quality or state of being impure
2 : something that is or makes something else impure Impurities in the gold were detected.
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