Meaning of POLLUTION in English


-üshən noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English pollucioun emission of semen at other times than in coition, defilement, uncleanness, from Middle French & Late Latin; Middle French pollution, from Late Latin pollution-, pollutio defilement, uncleanness, from Latin pollutus (past participle of polluere to pollute) + -ion-, -io -ion

1. : emission of semen at other times than in coition

2. : the action of polluting or the state of being polluted : defilement , desecration , impurity , uncleanness

streams subject to pollution by … mill wastes — C.R.Cox

the dilution of atmospheric pollution — K.H.Jehm

cleanse the king and the people from the pollution of any offenses — J.G.Frazer

3. : crossbreeding when regarded as the source of degeneration of a stock

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.