pollution

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pollution the act of contaminating or polluting; including (either intentionally or accidentally) unwanted substances or factors
    • n pollution the state of being polluted
    • n pollution undesirable state of the natural environment being contaminated with harmful substances as a consequence of human activities
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It would take twenty new mid-size cars to generate the same amount of pollution that a mid-size 1960's car did.
    • Pollution The act of polluting, or the state of being polluted (in any sense of the verb); defilement; uncleanness; impurity.
    • Pollution (Med) The emission of semen, or sperm, at other times than in sexual intercourse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Los Angeles is the most polluted city in the USA
    • n pollution The act of polluting; also, the state of being polluted; defilement; uncleanness; impurity.
    • n pollution Specifically, legal or ceremonial uncleanness, disqualifying a person for sacred services or for intercourse with others, or rendering anything unfit for sacred use.
    • n pollution The emission of semen at any other time than during coition: more frequently called self-pollution.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Approximately 40% of the states in the U.S. have severe, or extreme pollution problems
    • Pollution act of polluting: state of being polluted: defilement
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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. pollutio,: cf. F. pollution,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. polluĕre, pollutuspol, towards, luĕre, to wash.

Usage

In literature:

It is fit for baptisms; but one would not wish it to be polluted by having sins washed into it.
"Passages From The American Notebooks, Volume 2" by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The idea of eternal fire never would have polluted the imagination of man but for them.
"Lectures of Col. R. G. Ingersoll, Volume I" by Robert Green Ingersoll
Thus the pride, which is of man, mingled with the love, which is of God, and polluted it.
"Mary Marston" by George MacDonald
Had I, too, not polluted her with the touch of my sinful hands?
"Hunger" by Knut Hamsun
It has polluted the heart of children.
"Lectures of Col. R. G. Ingersoll - Latest" by Robert Green Ingersoll
His design then appeared to him insane, monstrous, polluting.
"Lourdes From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
Those women were not lost, not polluted in their own eyes, nor those of others.
"Woman in the Nineteenth Century" by Margaret Fuller Ossoli
The refuse of the city pollutes the air.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 362, December 9, 1882" by Various
I've never seen anything so white on this polluted earth.
"The Road to Damascus" by August Strindberg
But were I secure of life, Palmyra is now to be a desecrated and polluted place, and I would fain depart from it.
"Zenobia" by William Ware
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In poetry:

I'll show my colours too.
Though we've polluted
even this air I breathe
And spoiled green earth;
"Turning Fifty" by Judith Wright
No atoms of pollution
In matter e'er was known,
So vile or so destructive
As soul by sin o'erthrown.
"Needs And Powers" by Jared Barhite
'Tis he adorned my naked soul,
And made salvation mine;
Upon a poor polluted worm
He makes his graces shine.
"Hymn 20" by Isaac Watts
When cleansed from all pollution,
From sin and sorrow free,
I, with unclouded vision,
My Saviour God may see.
"To Mr. C.R." by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
"The breath of one of evil deed
Pollutes our sacred day;
He has no portion in our creed,
No part in what I say.
"The Gray Brother" by Sir Walter Scott
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

In news:

A federal judge in Yakima will decide whether a Canadian mining company must pay to clean up pollution that for decades crossed the border into Lake Roosevelt in Washington.
Fires rob pollution-choked Athens of fresh air filter .
Op-Ed: California's attempt to reduce pollutants will drive up gas and energy prices, and kill jobs.
In your energy efficiency programs, don't overlook air-pollution control and ventilation systems, which account for more than 25% of CPI energy consumption on average.
Company's $1.4 billion strategy also includes adding pollution controls to facility in Sheboygan.
Brochure Details Air Pollution Control Solutions.
Camfil Farr Air Pollution Control has published a brochure on its new Zephyr III pulse-cleaned dust and fume collector.
Recirculating aquaculture systems cut the pollution and disease that occur in current fish farming operations.
EPA OKs air pollution permits for Shell's Arctic Ocean drilling.
A new study says that the world's tropical belt is expanding due to pollutants.
The Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, NY is one of the nation's most polluted waterways.
Users who search for a topic that Blekko considers polluted with spamlike results, like health, receive an edited list.
The regulatory body that oversees pollution in the Ohio River is holding its fall meeting in Louisville this week.
The massive cleanup of a century's worth of mining pollution in Idaho's Silver Valley would cost $635 million and take up to 30 years under a final plan approved by the federal government.
Bus lot polluted Gowanus for years.
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In science:

This estimate shows that Pop III ob jects might be responsible for the origin of polluted regions of relatively high metallicity, althought of rather small (sub-kpc) size.
Pop III Objects and their Relationship with Dwarf Galaxies
It is possible that the galactic halos/IGM may be polluted by episodic eruptions associated with powerful starbursts.
Gamma-ray bursts, BL Lacs, Supernovae, and Interacting Galaxies
The resulting system forms a loosely bound virialized system due to significant mass loss, and has a large velocity dispersion, and a large core( and stars are formed before most of the gas is fully polluted by metals).
Gamma-ray bursts, BL Lacs, Supernovae, and Interacting Galaxies
The data include the pollutant, the measurement values, the location and the time the measurements were taken, and a variety of thresholds.
A Flexible Shallow Approach to Text Generation
Besides such data, the server provides metadata that allow for descriptions of the measuring locations, of the pollutants measured and of regulations or laws according to which a comparison between measurements and thresholds can be performed.
A Flexible Shallow Approach to Text Generation
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