\ ˈsu̇t How to pronounce soot (audio) , ˈsət, ˈsüt How to pronounce soot (audio) \

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


sooted; sooting; soots

Definition of soot (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to coat or cover with soot

Examples of soot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Environmental Protection Agency has estimated that tailpipe emissions from the newest passenger cars, SUVs, trucks, and buses generate about 99 percent less smog-producing exhaust and soot than those from the 1970 models did. Sam Roberts,, "John J. Mooney, inventor of the catalytic converter," 28 June 2020 As in every Alaska summer, this recycled, liquid air freshener has captured billions of soot and dust particles, pulling them from the sky and slamming them quietly to the ground. Anchorage Daily News, "Appreciating rain during Alaska’s all-too-brief summer," 27 June 2020 The grooves provided space in which the soot could lodge. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, ".260 Remington vs. 6.5 Creedmoor: It’s All About Understanding Rifle Twist Rates," 24 June 2020 Responding officers noticed the odor of gasoline coming from Dougherty, and he was covered in dark soot, police said. Justin L. Mack, The Indianapolis Star, "Police: Whiteland firefighter accused in 3 arsons was covered in soot, smelled of gas," 19 June 2020 In April, the EPA declined to strengthen national standards for industrial soot pollution, rejecting tighter limits environmentalists and the agency’s own scientists said were needed to protect public health. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "EPA to add new hazardous air pollutant to list of regulated substances for first time ever," 17 June 2020 Centuries of ritual practice using incense, oil lamps and candles slowly coated the interior of the church sanctuary with thick deposits of soot. Elizabeth S. Bolman, WSJ, "Finding the Glory Beneath the Grime," 5 June 2020 Black marks on the ceiling of the cave are thought to be soot from medieval lamps. Fox News, "Medieval shrine discovered in mysterious UK cave," 9 Apr. 2020 Meanwhile, early deaths due to emissions of fine particulate matter from the commercial and residential sectors, such as soot from heating and cooking, have increased, from around 20,000 early deaths in 2005 to 28,000 in 2018. Steven Barrett, The Conversation, "The secondhand smoke you’re breathing may have come from another state," 12 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of soot


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


1602, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for soot


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

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4 Jul 2020

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“Soot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of soot

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


\ ˈsu̇t How to pronounce soot (audio) , ˈsət \

Kids Definition of soot

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

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