non·​point ˌnän-ˈpȯint How to pronounce nonpoint (audio)
: being a source of pollution (such as runoff from farmland) that is not confined to a single point
also : being pollution or a pollutant that does not arise from a single identifiable source

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Recent Examples on the Web But the bigger culprits are nonpoint sources, the thousands of farms where runoff from fields reaches rivers or other tributaries feeding western Lake Erie. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, 13 July 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1977, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonpoint was in 1977

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“Nonpoint.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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