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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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But what with factories, and pollutions, and high civilizations of one sort and another, English canal water ain't fit to sprinkle on a lady, much less for her to drink.
servants of corruption' who, 'after they have escaped the pollutions of the world, are again entangled therein and overcome'--whose latter end is worse than their beginning?
Fog up the river, where it flows among green aits and meadows; fog down the river, where it rolls deified among the tiers of shipping and the waterside pollutions of a great (and dirty) city.
The Board contended that pollutions were of importance to the inhabitants of Massachusetts because "they reach[ed] to the very foundations of the national health and prosperity" of the state.
In 1886 James Olcott in a speech before the Agricultural Board of Connecticut called on his audience and the citizens of Connecticut to "agitate, agitate" in order to "cleanse" the state of the "social evil" of the pollution "sewage from families and factories.
Holding to a view that health was related to the quality of the environment, these early water pollution reformers, mostly doctors and scientists from New England's leading families, led the movement for clean water and air.
Although these nineteenth-century pollution reformers focused on both industrial and sewage wastes, by the early years of the twentieth-century specialists in the field of water pollution concentrated almost exclusively on bacterial hazards and largely ignored the influence of industrial wastes.
Reformers came to pollution reform from a background of leadership and social involvement.
The early pollution reformers were doctors, lawyers and amateur statisticians.
The business and industrial leaders who opposed the pollution reformers also understood the importance of the state, but for them the state was an instrument to protect their interests.
The reformers, arguing from the theory of anti-contagionism - the environmental theory of disease causation - claimed that the problem of pollution was not merely an aesthetic issue but also involved the health of the citizens of the state, the economic wellbeing of the state, and its political stability.