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pol·lu·tion

 (pə-lo͞o′shən)
n.
1. The act or process of polluting or the state of being polluted, especially the contamination of soil, water, or the atmosphere by the discharge of harmful substances.
2. Something that pollutes; a pollutant or a group of pollutants: Pollution in the air reduced the visibility near the airport.

pollution

(pəˈluːʃən)
n
1. the act of polluting or the state of being polluted
2. (Environmental Science) harmful or poisonous substances introduced into an environment

pol•lu•tion

(pəˈlu ʃən)

n.
1. the act of polluting or the state of being polluted.
2. the introduction of harmful substances or products into the environment: air pollution.
[1350–1400; Middle English (< Old French) < Late Latin]
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pollution
Pollution can affect air, water, or land and can threaten the health of humans, wildlife, and plants.

pol·lu·tion

(pə-lo͞o′shən)
The contamination of air, water, or soil by substances that are harmful to living things. ♦ Light from cities and towns at night that interferes with astronomical observations is known as light pollution. It can also disturb natural rhythms of growth in plants and other organisms. ♦ Continuous noise that is loud enough to be annoying or physically harmful is known as noise pollution. ♦ Heat from hot water that is discharged from a factory into a river or lake, where it can kill or endanger aquatic life, is known as thermal pollution.

pollution

When there is pollution, the water or air in a place is dirty, impure, and dangerous, usually because poisonous chemicals have got into it.

...changes in the climate due to pollution of the atmosphere.

Pollution is an uncount noun. You do not talk about 'pollutions' or 'a pollution'.

pollution

Introducing harmful substances or other agents into the environment.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pollution - undesirable state of the natural environment being contaminated with harmful substances as a consequence of human activitiespollution - undesirable state of the natural environment being contaminated with harmful substances as a consequence of human activities
impureness, impurity - the condition of being impure
environmental condition - the state of the environment
biodegradable pollution - pollution that is rendered harmless by natural processes and so causes no permanent harm
nonbiodegradable pollution - pollution that accumulates in the environment and may appear in the food chain
air pollution - pollution of the atmosphere; "air pollution reduced the visibility"
noise pollution, sound pollution - annoying and potentially harmful environmental noise
thermal pollution - harm to lakes and rivers resulting from the release of excessive waste heat into them
water pollution - pollution of the water in rivers and lakes
2.pollution - the state of being pollutedpollution - the state of being polluted    
dirtiness, uncleanness - the state of being unsanitary
3.pollution - the act of contaminating or polluting; including (either intentionally or accidentally) unwanted substances or factors
dirtying, soiling, soilure - the act of soiling something
dust contamination - the act of contaminating with dust particles

pollution

noun
2. waste, poisons, dirt, impurities the level of pollution in the river

pollution

noun
1. The state of being contaminated:
Translations
تَلَوُّثتَلْويث
znečistěníznečištění
forurening
saastesaastuminensaastuttaminen
zagađenost
környezetszennyezésszennyeződés
mengun
汚染汚染物質
오염
onesnaževanje
förorening
มลพิษ
kirlenmekirletme
sự ô nhiễm

pollution

[pəˈluːʃən]
A. N
2. (fig) → corrupción f
B. CPD pollution control Ncontrol m de la contaminación
pollution levels NPLniveles mpl de contaminación

pollution

[pəˈluːʃən] n [air, water, land] → pollution f
environmental pollution → pollution f de l'environnement

pollution

n (of environment)Umweltverschmutzung f, → Verschmutzung f; (of atmosphere)Verunreinigung f; (of rivers)Verunreinigung f, → Verpestung f (pej); (fig)Korrumpierung f; the fight against pollutionder Kampf gegen die Umweltverschmutzung; pollution levelGrad mder Umweltverschmutzung; (of air, water) → Schadstoffbelastung f

pollution

[pəˈluːʃn] n (see vb) → inquinamento, corruzione f

pollute

(pəˈluːt) verb
to make dirty. Chemicals are polluting the air.
polˈlution (-ʃən) noun

pollution

تَلَوُّث znečištění forurening Umweltverschmutzung ρύπανση contaminación saaste pollution zagađenost inquinamento 汚染 오염 vervuiling forurensning zanieczyszczenie poluição загрязнение förorening มลพิษ kirlenme sự ô nhiễm 污染

pol·lu·tion

n. polución, contaminación;
air ______ del aire;
water ______ del agua;
noise ______ de ruidos.

pollution

n contaminación f; air — contaminación atmosférica (form), contaminación del aire; water — contaminación del agua
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Wilson and the Governor had introduced so openly to the public notice, bidding him speak, in the hearing of all men, to that mystery of a woman's soul, so sacred even in its pollution.
Tell them of cruel scourgings, of mutilations and brandings, of scenes of pollution and blood, of the banishment of all light and knowl- edge, and they affect to be greatly indignant at such enormous exaggerations, such wholesale misstate- ments, such abominable libels on the character of the southern planters
Deeply as I felt my own unconscious part in his pollution of an honest home, I believed that if I had been brought face to face with him, I could not have uttered one reproach.
I am fresh from my holy office, and would avoid pollution.
Hence it came to pass that these two Classes could see no force in the so-called axiom about "Distinction of Sides implying Distinction of Colour"; and when all others had succumbed to the fascinations of corporal decoration, the Priests and the Women alone still remained pure from the pollution of paint.
Then she began to rub her lips as though to cleanse them from pollution.
When they had done this they washed their hands and feet and went back into the house, for all was now over; and Ulysses said to the dear old nurse Euryclea, "Bring me sulphur, which cleanses all pollution, and fetch fire also that I may burn it, and purify the cloisters.
But at length, by Elizabeth's persuasion, he was prevailed on to overlook the offence, and seek a reconciliation; and, after a little farther resistance on the part of his aunt, her resentment gave way, either to her affection for him, or her curiosity to see how his wife conducted herself; and she condescended to wait on them at Pemberley, in spite of that pollution which its woods had received, not merely from the presence of such a mistress, but the visits of her uncle and aunt from the city.
The merciless prohibitions of the taboo extended likewise to this edifice, and were enforced by the same dreadful penalty that secured the Hoolah-Hoolah ground from the imaginary pollution of a woman's presence.
But, happily for us, my brethren, the fountain of divine love flows from a source too pure to admit of pollution in its course; it extends, to those who drink of its vivifying waters, the peace of the righteous, and life everlasting; it endures through all time, and it pervades creation.
These people kept their own side of the road', moving at a quick, furtive jog-trot, and all other castes gave them ample room; for the Sansi is deep pollution.
On both sides lay an extensive quagmire, which could not have been more disagreeable either to sight or smell, had all the kennels of the earth emptied their pollution there.