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soot

noun \ ˈsu̇t , ˈsət , ˈsüt \
|Updated on: 10 Aug 2018

Definition of soot

: 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

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Origin and Etymology of soot

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


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soot

verb

Definition of soot

sooted; sooting; soots
: to coat or cover with soot

First Known Use of soot

1602

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SOOT Defined for English Language Learners

soot

Definition of soot for English Language Learners

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


SOOT Defined for Kids

soot

noun \ ˈsu̇t , ˈsət \

Definition of soot for Students

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


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