noise pollution


Definition of noise pollution

: annoying or harmful noise (as of automobiles or jet airplanes) in an environment

Examples of noise pollution in a Sentence

The airport has made changes to decrease noise pollution.
Recent Examples on the Web The birds also sang more softly than her team predicted based on decreased noise pollution. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Pandemic Shutdown in San Francisco Had Sparrows Singing Sexier Tunes," 25 Sep. 2020 While noise recordings are not available from the 1950s, researchers said this indicates that a brief but dramatic change in human behavior effectively erased more than a half-century of urban noise pollution. Mallory Hughes, CNN, "Birds in San Francisco started singing differently in the silence of the pandemic shutdown," 25 Sep. 2020 But growing noise pollution has forced males to sing louder, less effective songs in order to be heard by rivals and mates. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "When COVID-19 silenced cities, birdsong recaptured its former glory," 24 Sep. 2020 Besides reducing greenhouse gas emissions and noise pollution, electric vehicles offer other benefits, according to the American Automobile Association. Susan Degrane,, "With electric vehicles, the road to the future still has bumps," 7 Sep. 2020 If planned properly, green space can preserve and stabilize the area's ecological balance as well as buffer air and noise pollution. Laurinda Joenks, Arkansas Online, "Plans tabled for more green space in Springdale," 5 Aug. 2020 The effects of noise pollution on humans have been widely studied and attributed to health issues that range from stress and sleep disturbances to high blood pressure and heart disease. National Geographic, "Discover the planet’s last few ‘naturally quiet’ places," 17 June 2020 For residents who have railed against the noise pollution of recent years, the current quiet was too much, Roubos says, and people initially felt unsafe without people in the streets. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Why Amsterdam's Red Light District May Not Survive the Coronavirus Pandemic," 24 June 2020 And a sharp drop in air and noise pollution during the lockdown has boosted campaigns to discourage car use. Rebecca Smith,, "U.K. Car Market Reopens With No China-Style Rebound in Sight," 7 June 2020

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First Known Use of noise pollution

1966, in the meaning defined above

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1 Oct 2020

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“Noise pollution.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of noise pollution

: loud or unpleasant noise that is caused by automobiles, airplanes, etc., and that is harmful or annoying to the people who can hear it

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Medical Definition of noise pollution

: environmental pollution consisting of annoying or harmful noise (as of automobiles or jet airplanes)

called also sound pollution

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