Definition of particulate in English:


Syllabification: par·tic·u·late
Pronunciation: /pärˈtikyəlit, -ˌlāt


  • Of, relating to, or in the form of minute separate particles: particulate pollution
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    • A pond has far more organic particulate matter (small separate particles) than a chemically maintained swimming pool.
    • City traffic is a significant source of pollutants such as sulphur dioxide, particulate matter, benzene, and carbon monoxide.
    • Zinc oxide is a common, biologically active constituent of particulate air pollution as well as a workplace toxin.


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  • Matter in particulate form.
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    • The disadvantage is higher levels of NOX [nitrous oxides] and particulates.
    • The rail companies will use the grant to retrofit 10 switcher locomotives in the valley to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and diesel particulates.
    • The resulting harmful gases include carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, particulates and excess water vapor.


late 19th century: from Latin particula 'particle' + -ate2.

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