soot

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v soot coat with soot
    • n soot a black colloidal substance consisting wholly or principally of amorphous carbon and used to make pigments and ink
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: If a substance is burned and all of the results of its burning (smoke, ash, soot and gas) are captured and weighed, they will be a little heavier than the original substance because they have been combined with oxygen.
    • n Soot A black substance formed by combustion, or disengaged from fuel in the process of combustion, which rises in fine particles, and adheres to the sides of the chimney or pipe conveying the smoke; strictly, the fine powder, consisting chiefly of carbon, which colors smoke, and which is the result of imperfect combustion. See Smoke.
    • a Soot Sweet. "The soote savour of the vine."
    • v. t Soot To cover or dress with soot; to smut with, or as with, soot; as, to soot land.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n soot A black substance formed by combustion, or disengaged from fuel in the process of combustion, rising in fine particles and adhering to the sides of the chimney or pipe conveying the smoke. The soot of coal and that of wood differ very materially in their composition, the former containing more finely divided carbon than the latter. Coal-soot also contains considerable quantities of ammonium sulphate and chlorid. The soot of wood has a peculiar empyreumatic odor and bitter taste. It is very complex in composition, containing potash, soda, lime, and magnesia, combined with both organic and inorganic acids. It has been used to some extent in medicine as a tonic and antispasmodic.
    • soot To mark, cover, or treat with soot.
    • soot Middle English forms of sweet.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Soot soot the black powder condensed from smoke
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sot, AS. st,; akin to Icel. st, Sw. sot, Dan. sod, OD. soet, Lith. sdis,; cf. Gael. suith, Ir. suth,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. sót; Dan. sod.

Usage

In literature:

Slugs are fond of this plant; a dressing once a week of sand and soot, when it begins to grow, will keep them off.
"Hardy Perennials and Old Fashioned Flowers" by John Wood
Sparks in the soot on the back wall above a coal fire bring wealth.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
Her hands were full of soot, her skirts were burned, some smarting pains were in her legs and feet, but she could walk.
"The Entailed Hat" by George Alfred Townsend
The skin is pricked with spines, and then the soot from burning pitch rubbed in.
"The Andes and the Amazon" by James Orton
Never give up a decaying rose bush till you have tried watering it two or three times a week with soot tea.
"Scientific American, Volume XXXVI., No. 8, February 24, 1877" by Various
It has never been the same place since that fall of soot.
"The Opinions of a Philosopher" by Robert Grant
Then you fry it in such a way that it's quite limp, and sprinkle a little soot on it.
"The Simpkins Plot" by George A. Birmingham
A very gentle, warm spray of weak salt and water may be used when the nose is filled with soot and dust.
"How to Live" by Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
I don't think lime does much, nor soot.
"Mary's Meadow" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
He stood there covered with rags and soot.
"Moody's Anecdotes And Illustrations" by Dwight L. Moody
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In poetry:

Th' woint roars i'th chimbley,
Brings down the soot;
Mam knits, an' sings, an'
Rocks with her fuut.
"Cradle Song" by Edwin Waugh
The soot-black brows of men, the yell
Of women thronging round the bed,
The tinkling charm of ring and shell,
The Powah whispering o'er the dead!
"The Bridal of Pennacook" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Unite in equal terror. Inner vision, outward gleam
Blur in cold heat upon her helpless hands,
Through soot-grey air she feels the future stream
On threatening streets, or lonely, hostile lands.
"Future in Miniature" by Marya Zaturenska
Why, 'ow's she goin', Bill, ole sport?
I thort I knoo your dile!
My oath! You look the proper sort!
That khaki soots your style.
I never 'eard you'd joined, yeh know -
It makes me feel I want to go.
"The Bar-Room Patriot" by C J Dennis
So come you by your parted ways that wind the wide world through,
And make a ring around the blaze the way we used to do;
The "fountain" on the sooted crane will sing the old, old song
Of common joys in homely vein forgotten, ah, too long.
"Around the Boree Log" by John O Brien
I never did 'ear sich a bloke to squeal
About a trifle. This 'ere pal uv Spike's
Don't seem to 'ave the stummick fer a deal
Uv solid stoush: rough work don't soot 'is likes.
'E ain't done much but blather frum the start,
"'Ere 'ave a 'eart!"
"'Ave a 'eart!" by C J Dennis

In news:

GE Sensing & Inspection Technologies Announces the ACCUSOLVE Advanced Diesel Particulate Filter Soot Sensor.
Reducing Soot Might Be Shortcut to Reverse Climate Change, New Study Says.
Griller seeks strategy for soot-free cooking.
EPA suggests tougher soot -pollution standards.
Risking an election-year backlash from Republicans, the Obama administration is proposing new air quality standards to lower the amount of soot that can be released into the air.
Soot from pollution causes snow to melt.
EPA Proposes Tougher Rules on Soot Opposed by Industry.
Image1-Afif El-Hasan: Tighter soot standards could save children.
Will Cite Manhattan for Soot Level.
After three years of monitoring bus and truck fumes on Madison Avenue, the Federal Government is preparing to cite New York City for violating health standards for the city's most visible form of pollution: soot .
Tug boats puff soot into the air in Alameda Harbor, Calif (Photo credit: NOAA ).
Forced by a federal court to act, the EPA issued new clean air guidelines lowering permissible levels of soot .
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Environmental Protection Agency is proposing new air quality standards that would lower the amount of soot allowed from diesel trucks, buses, power plants and other sources.
EPA to Strengthen National Soot Standards.
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In science:

Visual inspection revealed the signs of soot only in the southeast area of casing’s internal surface.
On the possible physical mechanism of Chernobyl catastrophe and the unsoundness of official conclusion
Another type of candidate for condensates in hot Jupiter atmospheres are photochemical compounds, for instance sulphur and carbon soots produces by stellar UV radiation in the upper part of the atmosphere.
The prevalence of dust on the exoplanet HD 189733b from Hubble and Spitzer observations
Vierordt affixed a feather on the head of his subjects above of which was a sheet covered with lampblack (fine soot).
Review of Nonlinear Methods and Modelling
This re flects the fact that AGB sta rs synthesize the carbon required for soot formation from He and have not to rely on external sources of heavy elements.
Evolution of interstellar dust and stardust in the solar neighbourhood
In flame, the primary source of the radiation is thermal emission from carbon particles, generally in the form of soot (Gaydon and Wolfhard, 1960), although band emission from electronic transitions in molecules also contributes to the overall radiation from a fire.
A review of wildland fire spread modelling, 1990-present, 1: Physical and quasi-physical models
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