Definition of particulate in English:

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Pronunciation: /pärˈtikyələt/
Pronunciation: /pärˈtikyəˌlāt/


Relating to or in the form of minute separate particles: particulate pollution
More example sentences
  • 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.


Matter in particulate form.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: par·tic·u·late

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