Definition of ozone in English:

ozone

Syllabification: o·zone
Pronunciation: /ˈōˌzōn
 
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noun

1A colorless unstable toxic gas with a pungent odor and powerful oxidizing properties, formed from oxygen by electrical discharges or ultraviolet light. It differs from normal oxygen (O2) in having three atoms in its molecule (O3).
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  • Adding that third oxygen atom makes ozone a very pushy and highly obnoxious little molecule.
  • Water vapour, carbon dioxide, ozone, methane, nitrous oxide, and the chlorofluorocarbons are known as Greenhouse Gases.
  • The four usual agents of deterioration in the air apart from oxygen and water are sulphur dioxide, hydrogen sulphide, ozone and nitrogen dioxide.
1.1 short for ozone layer.
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  • Tropospheric ozone can permanently damage people's lungs and prohibit plants from producing and storing food.
  • Also, the presence of stratospheric ozone sandwiched between the satellite and the troposphere makes seeing tropospheric ozone very difficult.
  • So, as we learn more about stratospheric ozone and climate change, what were once two separate problems have become more and more entwined.
1.2 informal Fresh invigorating air, especially that blowing onto the shore from the sea.
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  • Because of wind patterns, most ozone blows east to Fountain Hills.
  • The rain had taken the city's baseline odor of fear and body fluids and replaced it with fresh, sweet-smelling ozone.

Origin

mid 19th century: from German Ozon, from Greek ozein 'to smell'.

Derivatives

ozonic

Pronunciation: /ōˈzänik/
adjective
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  • The invention relates to a method of disinfecting seed, wherein the seed is treated with ozonic gas.
  • Use ozonic water in the spray bottle, and spray it onto the blankets, bed, clothes every morning!

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