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 Mayor Anne Hidalgo made reducing noise pollution part of her 2020 reelection campaign. Camille Squires, Quartz, 5 Oct. 2021 In humans, noise pollution has been linked to cardiovascular disease, mental health problems and cognitive impairment in children. Nell Lewis; Video By Gisella Deputato, CNN, 10 Aug. 2021 Linda Perry of the Washington Park Association equates graffiti with noise pollution and abundant billboards., 27 Aug. 2021 However, the damaging effect of noise pollution is, apparently, not limited to animals with ears, or even animals at all. Ashley Braun, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 July 2021 According to André, the discovery that noise pollution affects seagrass is just the beginning. Ashley Braun, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 July 2021 Liang Jianying, deputy general manager and chief engineer of CRRC Sifang, told Chinese state media that in addition to its speed, the train emits low levels of noise pollution and requires less maintenance than other high-speed trains. Lilit Marcus, CNN, 21 July 2021 Humans frequently try to befriend the 500-pound carnivores, transform them into fairytale creatures, and recast anomalous behavior—often driven by habitat loss, noise pollution, and empty-stomach opportunism—as selfie opportunities. Eleanor Cummins, The New Republic, 16 July 2021 Residents of the more residential blocks of downtown and Yankee Hill just east of Water Street have begun to feel the effects of police efforts to keep the entertainment district free of traffic and noise pollution into the late-night hours. Emiliano Tahui Gómez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 July 2021

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First Known Use of noise pollution

1966, in the meaning defined above

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“Noise pollution.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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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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