pollute

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pollute make impure "The industrial wastes polluted the lake"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Los Angeles is the most polluted city in the USA
    • a Pollute Polluted.
    • Pollute To make foul, impure, or unclean; to defile; to taint; to soil; to desecrate; -- used of physical or moral defilement. "The land was polluted with blood.""Wickedness . . . hath polluted the whole earth."
    • Pollute (Jewish Law) To render ceremonially unclean; to disqualify or unfit for sacred use or service, or for social intercourse. "Neither shall ye pollute the holy things of the children of Israel, lest ye die.""They have polluted themselves with blood."
    • Pollute To violate sexually; to debauch; to dishonor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: An average home creates more pollution than does the average car
    • pollute To make foul or unclean; render impure; defile; soil; taint.
    • pollute To corrupt or defile in a moral sense; destroy the perfection or purity of; impair; profane.
    • pollute Specifically, to render legally or ceremonially unclean, so as to be unfit for sacred services or uses.
    • pollute To violate sexually; debauch or dishonor. Synonyms 1 and 2. Defile, Corrupt, etc. (see taint), deprave, degrade, debase.
    • pollute Polluted; defiled.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Every 25 miles a car produces one pound of pollution.
    • v.t Pollute pol-lūt′ to soil: to defile: to make foul: to taint: to corrupt: to profane: to violate
    • adj Pollute defiled
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Quotations

  • Dan Quayle
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    “It isn't pollution that's harming the environment. It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.”
  • Gunther Grass
    Gunther Grass
    “We already have the statistics for the future: the growth percentages of pollution, overpopulation, desertification. The future is already in place.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Hate pollutes the mind.”
  • Patrick Buchanan
    Patrick Buchanan
    “Just as there's garbage that pollutes the Potomac river, there is garbage polluting our culture. We need an Environmental Protection Agency to clean it up.”
  • Rene Dubos
    Rene Dubos
    “The most important pathological effects of pollution are extremely delayed and indirect.”
  • R. Buckminster Fuller
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    “Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting. We allow them to disperse because we've been ignorant of their value.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. pollutus, p. p. of polluere, to defile, to pollute, from a prep. appearing only in comp. + luere, to wash. See Position Lave

Usage

In literature:

Is it not for us to free it from the curse of such pollution?
"In the Days of Chivalry" by Evelyn Everett-Green
A polluted harlot may represent an apostate church, but not the true church.
"The Last Reformation" by F. G. [Frederick George] Smith
The effects of either self-pollution or excessive sexual indulgence, appear in many forms.
"Searchlights on Health" by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols
Its hated stigma and pollution never wholly passed away.
"The Waters of Edera" by Louise de la Ramée, a.k.a. Ouida
If they should happen to touch him, they must wash their bodies, to cleanse them from the pollution which has been contracted.
"Dr. Scudder's Tales for Little Readers, About the Heathen." by Dr. John Scudder
I will not have it polluted with them any more.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture: Romans Corinthians (To II Corinthians, Chap. V)" by Alexander Maclaren
Pollutions occurred in between, but were less effectual.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 3 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
One, in consideration of a relatively considerable sum, desired to pollute the silky hair.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 5 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
Thus cleansed from all pollution, He dedicates us as holy temples to the Lord.
"The Worlds Greatest Books, Volume XIII." by Various
In his innermost sensibilities he would have shrunk from this vulgar notice as from pollution itself.
"Atlantic Monthly, Vol. XII. September, 1863, No. LXXI." by Various
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In poetry:

The mind and soul can never
Within themselves find rest,
When all the sin's pollutions
Are harbored in the breast.
"Needs And Powers" by Jared Barhite
"To cleanse from all pollution,
My blood doth freely flow;
And sins, though red as scarlet,
Shall be as white as snow.
"The Great Physician" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
And one of his great charities
Is Music, and it doth not scorn
To close the lids upon the eyes
Of the polluted and forlorn;
"The Forlorn" by James Russell Lowell
O let me not, like any brute,
The temple of my God pollute,
But ever keep the sacred scene,
Where he vouchsafes to sojourn, clean.
"A Prayer To Be Said Before Receiving Of The Sacrament" by Rees Prichard
Let Gaul and Goth pollute the shrine,
Level the altar, fire the fane:
There is no razing the Divine;
The Gods return, the Gods remain.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
O gracious Lord, we Thee implore
Thy grace on every sense to pour;
From all pollution keep us free,
And make us pure in heart for Thee.
"Jesu, the Virgins' Crown" by Augusta Treverorum

In news:

As a growing number of well-known companies promote themselves as friends of the earth, it's easy to overlook the fact that others still pollute, unnecessarily.
Cisterns save you money, conserve water, prevent storm water pollution, and can remedy drainage issues WHEN: November 11.
Cincinnati Among Worst for Smog, Soot Pollution.
CONSOL Energy has signed on to a legal settlement that marks the first time a coal company has agreed to clean up conductivity pollution associated with a valley fill, an environmental group lawyer said Wednesday.
On Oct 10, Sen Rand Paul stood on the Senate floor to defend his resolution blocking the Environmental Protection Agency's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule under the Clean Air Act.
A prominent scientist attempts to inform citizens about an invisible pollutant.
Air pollution has caused skies above most of the world's land areas to dim slightly over the past 30 years, says a study out today in the journal Science.
Climate & Pollution Department: News.
Chinese Protesters Accuse Solar Panel Plant of Pollution.
Study finds traffic pollution can speed hardening of arteries.
Most of us now live in a world that contains many potential "pollutants".
Decades of pollution from it and similar plants.
The EPA says "there is currently no evidence … that a reasonable number of houseplants can remove significant quantities of pollutants in homes and offices".
With Rachel Carson's seminal environmental book, "Silent Spring," a recent best seller and public concern about pollution rising, Gov Nelson A Rockefeller campaigned in 1965 for a $1 billion Pure Waters Bond Act to build sewage plants.
But regardless of whether its chemicals leach into the water, the sheer volume of plastic floating in the sea makes it a major polluter, Moore said.
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In science:

Normal star formation took place only after the first stars polluted the surrounding turbulent interstellar gas, increasing its local heavy element mass concentration, Z , beyond ∼< Zc ∼< 10−5).
The Pollution of Pristine Material in Compressible Turbulence
Motivated by this astrophysical a “critical” threshold value, Zc (10−8 problem, we investigate the fundamental physics of the pollution of pristine fluid elements in statistically homogeneous and isotropic compressible turbulence.
The Pollution of Pristine Material in Compressible Turbulence
Turbulence stretches the pollutants, produces concentration structures at small scales, and brings the pollutants and the unpolluted flow in closer contact.
The Pollution of Pristine Material in Compressible Turbulence
The pristine material is polluted when exposed to the pollutant sources or the fluid elements polluted by previous mixing events.
The Pollution of Pristine Material in Compressible Turbulence
In the Mach 0.9 flow, the evolution of P (Zc , t) is well described by a continuous convolution model and goes as ˙P (Zc , t) = P (Zc , t) ln[P (Zc , t)]/τcon , if the mass fraction of the polluted flow is larger than ≈ 0.1.
The Pollution of Pristine Material in Compressible Turbulence
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