sulfur dioxide

noun

Definition of sulfur dioxide

: a heavy pungent toxic gas SO2 that is easily condensed to a colorless liquid, is used especially in making sulfuric acid, in bleaching, as a preservative, and as a refrigerant, and is a major air pollutant especially in industrial areas

Examples of sulfur dioxide in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The most impactful changes for the climate turn out to be sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, 8 Aug. 2020 From tobacco through opioids and asbestos to emissions of sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide, firms engaged in these sectors have a special responsibility to society to inform and protect. William Nordhaus, Time, 20 Apr. 2021 In the 1970s and 1980s, burning coal released huge amounts of sulfur dioxide, causing acid rain. David Carlin, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 After about a week of explosive eruptions, satellite measurements show La Soufriere has delivered about 0.4 - 0.6 teragrams of sulfur dioxide to the upper atmosphere. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, 17 Apr. 2021 Implementing a carbon tax would also prompt reductions of at least 20% in other air pollutants, such as nitrous oxide, sulfur dioxide, and volatile organic compounds, by 2035, the report finds. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, 16 Apr. 2021 Milenko Jovanovic, an air pollution expert, said he was fired in November from Serbia’s Environmental Protection Agency after raising concerns about dangerously high levels of sulfur dioxide and arsenic in the air around Bor. New York Times, 27 Mar. 2021 Three power agencies told ERCOT that operating for maximum output would push them over limits set in federal permits for emissions of nitrogen oxide, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, mercury along with release of wastewater, according to the letter. Rick Rouan, USA TODAY, 20 Feb. 2021 One theory is that sulfur from the sulfur dioxide utilized in making golden raisins is what may provide relief. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of sulfur dioxide

1869, in the meaning defined above

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“Sulfur dioxide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sulfur%20dioxide. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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sulfur dioxide

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sulfur dioxide

chemistry : a gas that has a strong smell, that is used in many industries, and that contributes to air pollution

sulfur dioxide

noun

Medical Definition of sulfur dioxide

: a heavy pungent toxic gas SO2 that is easily condensed to a colorless liquid, is used especially in making sulfuric acid, in bleaching, as a preservative, and as a refrigerant, and is a major air pollutant especially in industrial areas

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