soot

noun
\ ˈsu̇t, ˈsət, ˈsüt \

Definition of soot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a black substance formed by combustion or separated from fuel during combustion, rising in fine particles, and adhering to the sides of the chimney or pipe conveying the smoke especially : the fine powder consisting chiefly of carbon that colors smoke

soot

verb
sooted; sooting; soots

Definition of soot (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to coat or cover with soot

Examples of soot in a Sentence

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Urban dwellers who encounter daily pollution (hello, car exhaust, soot, and smog) would do well to keep a daily protective skin treatment close at hand. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "9 Fall Skin-Care Products For a Filter-Free Glow," 27 Sep. 2018 The second category is particulate matter, such as dust, dirt, soot, and smoke. Korin Miller, SELF, "How to Stay Safe When Your City’s Air Quality Is Dangerous," 21 Aug. 2018 In 2017, there were 179 unhealthy soot days, up 85 percent from 97 in 2016. Hope Yen, The Seattle Times, "Fact-checking President Trump on migrants, Saudis, Hispanic vote," 22 Oct. 2018 The resulting fuel also releases fewer pollutants like nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, and soot. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Tonight a Virgin Atlantic 747 will fly on fuel made from industrial waste gas," 2 Oct. 2018 Towering plumes of smoke, soot, and ash filled the skies and spread to communities hundreds of miles away like Santa Rosa, the site of last year’s Tubbs Fire, then the most destructive blaze in state history. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Deadly wildfires are still threatening Northern and Southern California," 12 Nov. 2018 That intangible authenticity that the story of the watch is reserved with that soot still in it. Cam Wolf, GQ, "Steve McQueen’s Destroyed-in-a-Wildfire Rolex Is Going Up for Auction," 5 June 2018 As the city expanded and industrialized, its churches and monuments became blackened with soot and grime; its quays, cluttered with warehouses and frequented by prostitutes. Molly Wizenberg, Town & Country, "Vintage Bordeaux," 14 Jan. 2013 Clean-air controls since the 1980s largely turned off the columns of black soot that used to rise from coal smokestacks. John Raby, The Seattle Times, "Warnings over pollution met with a shrug in coal country," 3 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of soot

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1602, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for soot

Noun

Middle English, from Old English sōt; akin to Old Irish suide soot, Old English sittan to sit

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The first known use of soot was before the 12th century

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soot

noun

English Language Learners Definition of soot

: a black powder that is formed when something (such as wood or coal) is burned

soot

noun
\ ˈsu̇t, ˈsət\

Kids Definition of soot

: a black powder formed when something is burned : the very fine powder that colors smoke

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