pollutant

noun

pol·​lut·​ant pə-ˈlü-tᵊnt How to pronounce pollutant (audio)
: something that pollutes

Examples of pollutant in a Sentence

filtered the pollutants out of the water
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Word History

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pollutant was in 1892

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Cite this Entry

“Pollutant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pollutant. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

pollutant

noun
pol·​lut·​ant pə-ˈlüt-ᵊnt How to pronounce pollutant (audio)
: something that pollutes

Medical Definition

pollutant

noun
pol·​lut·​ant pə-ˈlüt-ᵊnt How to pronounce pollutant (audio)
: something that pollutes
especially : something (such as a man-made waste) that makes an environment unsuitable or unsafe for use

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