What does pollution mean?

Definitions for pollution
pəˈlu ʃənpol·lu·tion

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word pollution.

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

Wiktionary

  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.

    Etymology: 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

  2. pollution(Noun)

    Something that pollutes; a pollutant.

    Etymology: 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

  3. pollution(Noun)

    Physical defilement

    Etymology: 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

  4. pollution(Noun)

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

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [L. pollutio: cf. F. pollution.]

  2. Pollution(noun)

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

    Etymology: [L. pollutio: cf. F. pollution.]

Freebase

  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.

Editors Contribution

  1. pollution

    pollution actually means something which is very bad for our environment .

    the oceans are getting polluted by oil spill by big ships

    Submitted by ruchavbk on February 6, 2020  

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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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How to say pollution in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of pollution in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of pollution in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of pollution in a Sentence

  1. David Reichmuth:

    This study points out that air pollution has real consequences, it's not just number on a spreadsheet, or who gets to enjoy blue skies. There are some individual choices we get to make, about what we buy or how we get around, but a lot of the big decisions are made at levels we don't have control over. So that's where we really need smart policies and regulations that help clean up the air. And if they take into account the current inequities in the system, it will benefit everyone.

  2. Astronaut Scott Kelly:

    The more I look at Earth and certain parts of Earth, the more I feel more of an environmentalist, there are definitely areas where the Earth is covered with pollution almost all the time and it’s not good for any of us.

  3. Jos Lelieveld:

    When most people think of outdoor air pollution, they tend to think of traffic and industry having the largest impact on global premature mortality, not residential energy emissions and agriculture.

  4. Sebastien Gallardo:

    Yachts are the ideal means for visiting isolated areas, the yachts leave no traces of pollution behind and obviously make no changes to the island landscapes.

  5. Joel Kaufman:

    The big surprise was the magnitude of this, putting pollution in the same league as cigarette smoking, cigarette smoking is by far the best known cause of emphysema. The fact that ozone is in the same league was definitely a surprise.

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