the greenhouse effect

Definition of the greenhouse effect

  1. :  the warming of the Earth's atmosphere that is caused by air pollution The greenhouse effect occurs when warmth from the sun is trapped in the Earth's atmosphere by a layer of gases (such as carbon dioxide) and water vapor.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  a structure enclosed (as by glass) and used for the cultivation or protection of tender plants

    :  a clear plastic shell (as a canopy) covering a section of an airplane

    :  a compartment (as for a bombardier) enclosed by such a shell

  1. :  of, relating to, contributing to, or caused by the greenhouse effect

  1. :  purport, intent

    :  basic meaning :  essence

    :  something that inevitably follows an antecedent (as a cause or agent)

  1. :  to cause to come into being

    :  to bring about often by surmounting obstacles :  accomplish

    :  to put into operation

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