noise pollution


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

Example Sentences

The airport has made changes to decrease noise pollution.
Recent Examples on the Web West-side residents and businesses fear displacement, worsening air and heightened heat and noise pollution. Alixel Cabrera, The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Jan. 2023 An attorney for the group said the city contract called for work such as auger boring, drilling, sand excavation and other invasive activities that would cause fumes and noise pollution in Ocean Beach. Karen Kucher, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Jan. 2023 Complaints about the prospective glamp site range from traffic and noise pollution to water shortages and loss of wildlife habitat. Curbed, 20 Oct. 2022 The whales are vulnerable to ocean noise pollution, vessel strikes, shifts in prey locations, and habitat degradation, according to NOAA. James Freeman, WSJ, 19 Dec. 2022 There can be other reasons behind the damage too such as noise pollution, stress, and more. Daily Wellness Pro, Discover Magazine, 11 Oct. 2022 Advocates hail drone shows as a way to combat noise pollution. Lisa J. Huriash, Sun Sentinel, 25 Oct. 2022 That reduces drag and helps the electrical drive generate zero emissions while also removing air, water, and noise pollution. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 29 Sep. 2022 Roughly a third of that is what economists call externalities: costs paid by other people, in the form of time lost to traffic congestion, higher mortality from particulate and noise pollution, and the effects of climate change. Joe Lindsey, Outside Online, 8 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of noise pollution was in 1966

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Cite this Entry

“Noise pollution.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

noise pollution

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

called also sound pollution

Medical Definition

noise pollution

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

called also sound pollution

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