impurity

noun
im·​pu·​ri·​ty | \ (ˌ)im-ˈpyu̇r-ə-tē How to pronounce impurity (audio) \
plural impurities

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

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Examples of impurity in a Sentence

the impurity of the water The syrup is strained to remove impurities. The water is free of impurities.
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The red shiso in the mask removes impurities and improves dullness. Maya Mcdowell, Seventeen, "These Superfood-Inspired Beauty Products Are a *Must* for Your Most Annoying Skin Issues," 21 May 2019 But, like other semiconductors, the conductivity can be changed by adding impurities that contain additional electrons. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Salt-infused graphene creates an infrared cloaking device," 3 Aug. 2018 Scientists process the ashes to extract the pure carbon elements and remove other impurities. Glenn Mcdonald, National Geographic, "From diamonds to rockets, mourning the dead has gotten high-tech," 17 June 2019 These precious stones often have curiously salty impurities that scientists have long struggled to explain. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Earth's seafloor may be destined to become diamonds," 30 May 2019 As with most oil and balm cleansers, you're meant to apply them directly to dry skin, letting the formula emulsify to a milk to gently lift impurities. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Drunk Elephant Quietly Launched Its First-Ever Cleansing Balm, and It's Incredible," 29 Mar. 2019 Imperfections in these liquids’ orderly arrangement behave much like impurities in ordinary liquids. Quanta Magazine, "Inside the Knotty World of ‘Anyon’ Particles," 28 Feb. 2017 Transmission through glass strands was seen as another possibility, but impurities in glass available at the time meant light signals could travel only a few yards. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Chinese Refugee Developed Fiber-Optic Technology That Made the Internet Possible," 28 Sep. 2018 The key is to then find a way to whisk off the oil, with your own sebum and impurities in tow. Sable Yong, Teen Vogue, "Coconut Oil for Acne? Learn How It Can Help Clear Your Skin," 10 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of impurity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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impurity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of impurity

: the quality or state of being impure
: an unwanted substance that is found in something else and that prevents it from being pure

impurity

noun
im·​pu·​ri·​ty | \ im-ˈpyu̇r-ə-tē How to pronounce impurity (audio) \
plural impurities

Kids Definition of impurity

1 : the quality or state of being impure
2 : something that is or makes something else impure Impurities in the gold were detected.

impurity

noun
im·​pu·​ri·​ty | \ (ˈ)im-ˈpyu̇r-ət-ē How to pronounce impurity (audio) \
plural impurities

Medical Definition of impurity

: something that is impure or makes something else impure

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