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 replacement rule from the Interior Department does not have the same mandates for companies to reduce gas pollution. Andrew O'reilly, Fox News, "California Gov. Brown on Trump: 'Something's got to happen to this guy...he's going to undermine America'," 19 Sep. 2018 The coffee chain’s decision comes after Seattle banned single-use plastic straws and utensils in an effort to reduce plastic pollution. Gina Martinez, Time, "Starbucks Is Ditching Plastic Straws. Here Are 3 of the Most Common Alternatives," 9 July 2018 Also banned are plastic utensils in a push to reduce marine plastic pollution. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., chicagotribune.com, "Seattle becomes first major U.S. city to ban straws," 2 July 2018 The money would buy hydrogen fuel cell buses for AC Transit’s fleet, reducing pollution along bus routes in the East Bay. Rachel Swan, SFChronicle.com, "In fighting California gas tax, national Republicans see rallying point," 26 June 2018 Equally disingenuous to say the effort was all about reducing Chesapeake pollution and had nothing to do with stormwater mitigation. Dan Rodricks, baltimoresun.com, "Real-time buses, asphalt aspirations, unconventional wisdom," 22 June 2018 Less traffic would have the added benefit of reducing pollution because cars would not be idling on the freeway as much, said Toledo, 38. Kellen Browning, sacbee, "Davis drivers intrigued by Caltrans traffic plan, but improvements are a decade away," 7 June 2018 The two have worked together recently as a part of Ocean Heroes Bootcamp, a weekend designed to help kids from 11 to 18 gain the knowledge and skills to create a campaign to reduce plastic pollution. Mckenna Moore, Fortune, "Adrian Grenier and Aidan Gallagher Want You to Fight Plastic Pollution for World Environment Day," 5 June 2018 The remains turned up during the construction of the Thames Tideway Tunnel, a sewage infrastructure project aimed at reducing sewage pollution in the Thames. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Medieval skeleton’s boots reveal harsh realities of life on the Thames," 6 Dec. 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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