pollution

noun
pol·lu·tion | \pə-ˈlü-shən \

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

industrial practices that have caused pollution of the air and water The tests showed high levels of pollution in the water. The fish are dying of pollution.
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The investment also aligns with goals of China’s government, which has prioritized renewable energy to wean the country off its reliance on coal power and address public dissatisfaction with rampant air pollution in its cities. Tripp Mickle, WSJ, "Apple Sets $300 Million Clean Energy Fund for China Amid Trade Tensions," 12 July 2018 The Pala Band of Mission Indians in San Diego County was recently awarded more than $280,000 to monitor local air quality as part of a statewide program to address pollution in the most disadvantaged communities. Joshua Emerson Smith, sandiegouniontribune.com, "$10 million in cap-and-trade dollars awarded for environmental justice programs, including to native tribe in San Diego," 11 July 2018 But while such policies are intended to reduce plastic pollution in the ocean, as Pacific Standard reported, they've been questioned for their effectiveness and criticized for being ableist. Emily Wang, Teen Vogue, "Starbucks Announces Plans to Ban Single-Use Plastic Straws by 2020," 9 July 2018 In winter, the capital has some of the worst air pollution in the world. Simon Denyer, Washington Post, "Mongolia’s nomadic way of life threatened by climate change, neglect, modernity," 8 July 2018 Several countries, in the name of combatting plastic pollution in the ocean, have begun banning various plastic products: utensils, bottles, and bags that often get thrown away after one use. Radhika Viswanathan, Vox, "Why everyone is shunning plastic straws," 4 July 2018 This weekend’s multi-day heat wave is also expected to result in high levels of potentially hazardous ozone air pollution in Connecticut. courant.com, "Brutal Heat Ahead, But Bacteria Could Close Four State Beaches This Weekend," 29 June 2018 In 2002, the Louisville Metro Air Pollution Control District recorded 26 days that exceeded the ozone standard — the worst year for air pollution in the last 18 years. Kate Talerico, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville had worst air quality in country last weekend," 21 June 2018 The budget allocates AU$536 million to protect the Great Barrier Reef by reducing pollution in agricultural runoff, developing coral restoration techniques, and combating outbreaks of crown-of-thorns starfish, which feed on corals. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, "Australian scientists welcome boosts in in new federal budget," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of pollution

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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pollution

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pollution

: 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

noun
pol·lu·tion | \pə-ˈlü-shən \

Kids Definition of pollution

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

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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