pollution

noun pol·lu·tion \ pə-ˈlü-shən \
Updated on: 18 May 2018

Definition of pollution

1 : the action of polluting especially by environmental contamination with man-made waste; also : the condition of being polluted
2 : pollutant

Examples of pollution in a Sentence

  1. industrial practices that have caused pollution of the air and water

  2. The tests showed high levels of pollution in the water.

  3. The fish are dying of pollution.

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First Known Use of pollution

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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POLLUTION Defined for English Language Learners

pollution

Definition of pollution for English Language Learners

  • : the action or process of making land, water, air, etc., dirty and not safe or suitable to use

  • : substances that make land, water, air, etc., dirty and not safe or suitable to use


POLLUTION Defined for Kids

pollution

noun pol·lu·tion \ pə-ˈlü-shən \

Definition of pollution for Students

: the action of making something impure and often unsafe or unsuitable for use : the state of being polluted

Medical Dictionary

pollution

noun pol·lu·tion \ pə-ˈlü-shən \

medical Definition of pollution

1 : the action of polluting or the condition of being polluted
2 : pollutant


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