thermal pollution
noun Date: 1966 the discharge of heated liquid (as wastewater from a factory) into natural waters at a temperature harmful to the environment

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  • Thermal pollution — is a temperature change in natural bodies of water caused by human influence. The temperature change can be upwards or downwards. In the Northern Hemisphere, a common cause of thermal pollution is the use of water as a coolant, especially in… …   Wikipedia

  • thermal pollution — ☆ thermal pollution n. the discharge of heated liquid or air into lakes, rivers, etc., as by an industry or nuclear power plant, causing such a rise in the water temperature as to affect the life cycles within the water and disrupt the ecological …   English World dictionary

  • thermal pollution — noun harm to lakes and rivers resulting from the release of excessive waste heat into them • Hypernyms: ↑pollution * * * noun : the discharge of heated liquid (as wastewater from a factory) into natural waters at a temperature harmful to existing …   Useful english dictionary

  • thermal pollution — šiluminė tarša statusas T sritis ekologija ir aplinkotyra apibrėžtis Tarša, atsiradusi nutekėjus šilumai iš įrenginių į aplinką dėl kuro deginimo. Pasireiškia pasauliniu klimato šiltėjimu. atitikmenys: angl. heat pollution; thermal pollution vok …   Ekologijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • thermal pollution — šiluminė tarša statusas T sritis Energetika apibrėžtis Tarša, atsiradusi nutekėjus šilumai iš įrenginių į aplinką dėl kuro deginimo. Ji pasireiškia pasauliniu klimato šiltėjimu. atitikmenys: angl. thermal pollution vok. Wärmeverschmutzung, f rus …   Aiškinamasis šiluminės ir branduolinės technikos terminų žodynas

  • thermal pollution — a rise in the temperature of rivers or lakes that is injurious to water dwelling life and is caused by the disposal of heated industrial waste water or water from the cooling towers of nuclear power plants. * * * …   Universalium

  • thermal pollution — ther′mal pollu′tion n. ecl a rise in the temperature of rivers or lakes that is injurious to water dwelling life and is caused by the discharge of heated industrial or nuclear plant waste water • Etymology: 1960–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • Pollution — For the Fransisco Battiato album, see Pollution (album). For the Goodies episode, see Pollution (The Goodies). Air pollution from World War II weapon production in Alabama, 1942 …   Wikipedia

  • pollution — /peuh looh sheuhn/, n. 1. the act of polluting or the state of being polluted. 2. the introduction of harmful substances or products into the environment: air pollution. [1350 1400; ME pollucioun ( < OF) < LL pollution , s. of pollutio… …   Universalium

  • pollution — noun 1. undesirable state of the natural environment being contaminated with harmful substances as a consequence of human activities (Freq. 1) • Derivationally related forms: ↑pollute • Hypernyms: ↑environmental condition, ↑impurity, ↑impureness …   Useful english dictionary

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