particulate

adjective
par·​tic·​u·​late | \ pär-ˈti-kyə-lət also -ˌlāt How to pronounce particulate (audio) \

Definition of particulate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to minute separate particles

particulate

noun

Definition of particulate (Entry 2 of 2)

: a particulate substance

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The plan would also tackle a source of particulate smog that is especially hard to rein in: ammonia from farm fields and manure piles. Matt Warren, Science | AAAS, "United Kingdom unveils ambitious air pollution plan," 29 May 2018 Sulfur dioxide, which effervesces from active volcanic vents and craters, reacts with sunlight, moisture, particulate and oxygen to produce clouds of fine particles. Maya Wei-haas, Smithsonian, "A Brief Glossary of Volcano Vocab," 25 May 2018 Gresock said that cumulative modeling will be used to gauge the air pollution from the plant and that there would be lower particulate emissions than in the original permit filed with the siting council. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Not All Questions, Concerns Addressed At NTE Project Meeting," 2 July 2018 Claim 4: Candles release particulate matter and volatile organic compounds. Sam Gutierrez, House Beautiful, "Are Your Favorite Candles Slowly Poisoning You?," 26 Dec. 2018 If current levels of particulate air pollution persist, the global population would lose 12.8 billion years of life. Umair Irfan, Vox, "How improving air quality could add years to people’s lives around the world.," 21 Nov. 2018 If the remaining coal and biomass heating and cooking were replaced with cleaner fuels, the researchers found, China could further reduce exposure to fine particulate matter by 63 percent. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "In China, replacing coal and biomass stoves has saved lives," 21 Nov. 2018 What the index does make abundantly clear is that there is a direct relationship between air pollution, namely particulate matter, and health. Umair Irfan, Vox, "How improving air quality could add years to people’s lives around the world.," 21 Nov. 2018 Trees and ordinary turfgrass are brilliant at sequestering carbon, producing oxygen, capturing and filtering precious rainfall, collecting dust and particulate matter and reducing heat. WSJ, "In Defense of Efficient, Modern Leaf Blowers," 24 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Diesel does deliver a tad less CO2 per mile than gasoline but produces more smog and particulates, a detractor that turned out not to be fixable. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "The Lessons of ‘Dieselgate’," 4 Jan. 2019 The air purifier's fan draws air into the filter and particulates are captured in the filter. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "Do Air Purifiers Actually Work?," 17 Dec. 2018 Although most of the household particulate pollution reduction seen in China was a result of a cookstove technology shift, the paper also studied the effects of substituting out coal and biomass in home heating. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "In China, replacing coal and biomass stoves has saved lives," 21 Nov. 2018 In particular, one study published last year found that spraying particulates into the atmosphere around the Gulf of Mexico could trigger droughts in sub-Saharan Africa. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Harvard Scientists Are Really Launching a Sun-Blocking Geoengineering Experiment," 5 Dec. 2018 Some of the particulates come from sources like wildfires, making them difficult to clean up. Umair Irfan, Vox, "How improving air quality could add years to people’s lives around the world.," 21 Nov. 2018 Tire rubber has more energy (Btu) than coal but, like any solid fuel, tires burn dirty, requiring energy to clean the particulates. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "Our Waste Tire Problem Is Getting Worse," 14 Aug. 2018 This layer of particulates actually lowered global temperatures by almost a full degree Fahrenheit for the following two years. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Harvard Scientists Are Really Launching a Sun-Blocking Geoengineering Experiment," 5 Dec. 2018 The industry standard for such is that the unit must be able to remove at least 99.97% of particulates measuring 0.3 micron diameter in a lab setting. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "Do Air Purifiers Actually Work?," 17 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of particulate

Adjective

1870, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1942, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for particulate

Adjective

Latin particula

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particulate

adjective
par·​tic·​u·​late | \ pär-ˈtik-yə-lət How to pronounce particulate (audio) \

Medical Definition of particulate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or existing in the form of minute separate particles dust, smoke, and other particulate matter
2 : of or relating to particulate inheritance the particulate theory of heredity— Julian Huxley

particulate

noun

Medical Definition of particulate (Entry 2 of 2)

: a particulate substance emission of particulates by car engines cytoplasmic particulates in the cell

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