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  1. fouling(Noun)

    The adhesion of a foreign material onto a surface, especially so as to reduce its functionality

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fouling

    of Foul


  1. Fouling

    Fouling is the accumulation of unwanted material on solid surfaces to the detriment of function. The fouling material can consist of either living organisms or a non-living substance. Fouling is usually distinguished from other surface-growth phenomena in that it occurs on a surface of a component, system or plant performing a defined and useful function, and that the fouling process impedes or interferes with this function. Other terms used in the literature to describe fouling include: deposit formation, encrustation, crudding, deposition, scaling, scale formation, slagging, and sludge formation. The last six terms have a more narrow meaning than fouling within the scope of the fouling science and technology, and they also have meanings outside of this scope; therefore, they should be used with caution. Fouling phenomena are common and diverse, ranging from fouling of ship hulls, natural surfaces in the marine environment, fouling of heat-transfer components through ingredients contained in the cooling water or gases, and even the development of plaque or calculus on teeth, or deposits on solar panels on Mars, among other examples.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. fouling

    The action of gunpowder in dirtying the bore of a gun. Cannon for this and other reasons are sponged after each round.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fouling in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fouling in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of fouling in a Sentence

  1. Craig Cox:

    The EPA is no longer in the business of safeguarding our resources and protecting us from pollution, but is openly working to advance the agenda of those who profit from fouling our water and threatening our health.

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