Definitions for Pollutionpəˈlu ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pol•lu•tionpəˈlu ʃən(n.)

  1. the act of polluting or the state of being polluted.

    Category: Ecology

  2. the introduction of harmful substances or products into the environment:

    air pollution.

    Category: Ecology

Origin of pollution:

1350–1400; ME (< OF) < LL

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pollution(noun)

    undesirable state of the natural environment being contaminated with harmful substances as a consequence of human activities

  2. befoulment, defilement, pollution(noun)

    the state of being polluted

  3. contamination, pollution(noun)

    the act of contaminating or polluting; including (either intentionally or accidentally) unwanted substances or factors

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. pollution(noun)əˈlu ʃən

    harmful substances that damage the air, water, or land

    water/air pollution


  1. pollution(Noun)

    The act of polluting or the state of being polluted, especially the contamination of the environment by harmful substances.

    Nobody visits the river any more because of all the pollution.

  2. pollution(Noun)

    Something that pollutes; a pollutant.

  3. pollution(Noun)

    Physical defilement

  4. pollution(Noun)

    The emission of semen at other times than in sexual intercourse.

  5. Origin: Recorded since c.1340, as "discharge of semen other than during sex," later, "desecration, defilement" (1382), from Late pollutio "defilement," from Latin polluere "to soil, defile, contaminate", itself from por- "before" + -luere "to smear" (related to lutum "mud" and to lues "filth", compare Greek (lyma) "filth, dirt, disgrace" and (lymax) "rubbish, refuse," Old Irish loth "mud, dirt," Lithuanian lutynas "pool, puddle"). Sense of "contamination of the environment" first recorded c.1860

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pollution(noun)

    the act of polluting, or the state of being polluted (in any sense of the verb); defilement; uncleanness; impurity

  2. Pollution(noun)

    the emission of semen, or sperm, at other times than in sexual intercourse


  1. Pollution

    Pollution is the introduction of contaminants into the natural environment that cause adverse change. Pollution can take the form of chemical substances or energy, such as noise, heat or light. Pollutants, the components of pollution, can be either foreign substances/energies or naturally occurring contaminants. Pollution is often classed as point source or nonpoint source pollution.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Pollution' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2463

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Pollution' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4028

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Pollution' in Nouns Frequency: #1079

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