noise pollution

noun

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.

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There’s great evidence that the window of time without noise pollution is closing. Angela Chen, The Verge, "This map lets you hear what the world sounds like without humans," 9 Dec. 2018 The noise is startling, offensive and totally unnecessary noise pollution. Seattle Times Readers, The Seattle Times, "Rant & Rave: navigating Seattle Children’s hospital," 5 June 2018 People forget that noise pollution is still pollution. Kate Wagner, The Atlantic, "City Noise Might Be Making You Sick," 20 Feb. 2018 Walker will help expand the research to study noise pollution. Chris Berdik, BostonGlobe.com, "Is Boston getting noisier? This app is designed to help us find out," 15 May 2018 Add to that human development, which brings both physical destruction of environments and the attendant noise pollution. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Why Scientists Turned This Taxidermy Bird Into a Robot," 1 June 2018 Anyone who’s visited Yosemite National Park knows the effect its popularity has had on the park’s ecological quality: roads, cars, air pollution, noise pollution, forest fires, crowds, and trash. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Why Some Protected Natural Areas Should Remain Off-Limits," 9 July 2018 There's still one log untouched by noise pollution. Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, "Olympic National Park Is Home to the Quietest Spot in the Continental U.S.," 11 June 2018 Sage grouse numbers have dropped from 16 million to around 200,000 million, thanks to habitat degradation, and the environmental loss and noise pollution from human development. Laura Yan, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Made a Taxidermy Bird Robot for Research," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of noise pollution

1966, in the meaning defined above

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noise pollution

noun

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

noise pollution

noun
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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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