pollutant

noun
pol·​lut·​ant | \ pə-ˈlü-tᵊnt How to pronounce pollutant (audio) \

Definition of pollutant

: something that pollutes

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Examples of pollutant in a Sentence

filtered the pollutants out of the water

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The goal is for Americans to fill up their gas tanks less frequently, sending fewer climate-changing emissions and pollutants into the air. Washington Post, "Automakers urge California, US to restart mileage talks," 6 June 2019 But the scrubbers discharge these and other pollutants into the ocean instead, and they’ve been banned by seven countries and several U.S. states. New York Times, "If Seeing the World Helps Ruin It, Should We Stay Home?," 3 June 2019 The tool is the Energy Policy Simulator, which allows anyone to choose a package of energy policies and immediately see the impact on carbon emissions and other pollutants. David Roberts, Vox, "Climate change policy can be overwhelming. Here’s a guide to the policies that work.," 30 Nov. 2018 But this year, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources loosened the park's permit under the Clean Water Act, allowing it to send more pollutants into the river. Kelsey Ryan, kansascity, "Worlds of Fun was sued for polluting. Then Missouri loosened its pollutant limits," 6 July 2018 In January, the Clackamas company, through its general counsel, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of violating federal regulations requiring treatment of pollutants. Maxine Bernstein, OregonLive.com, "Federal judge fines eyeglass lens manufacturer $750,000 for Clean Water Act offense," 23 Apr. 2018 These trucks emit as much as 55 times the amount of pollutants as trucks with modern engines, the New York Times reports. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Scott Pruitt's Loophole for Glider Truck Manufacturers Faces Backlash," 8 July 2018 The permit program sets requirements for regularly monitoring and reporting the amounts of pollutants. Kelsey Ryan, kansascity, "Worlds of Fun was sued for polluting. Then Missouri loosened its pollutant limits," 6 July 2018 Motor vehicle exhaust and factory emissions are the primary sources of those pollutants — making a factory-heavy, high-traffic area like metro Detroit a major smog-maker. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Metro Detroit, other Michigan cities violating tighter ozone rules," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of pollutant

1892, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of pollutant was in 1892

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pollutant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pollutant

: a substance that makes land, water, air, etc., dirty and not safe or suitable to use : something that causes pollution

pollutant

noun
pol·​lut·​ant | \ pə-ˈlü-tᵊnt How to pronounce pollutant (audio) \

Kids Definition of pollutant

: a substance that makes something (as air or water) impure and often unsafe

pollutant

noun
pol·​lut·​ant | \ pə-ˈlüt-ᵊnt How to pronounce pollutant (audio) \

Medical Definition of pollutant

: something that pollutes

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