I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English sōt; akin to Old Irish suide soot, Old English sittan to sit Date: before 12th century a black substance formed by combustion or separated from fuel during combustion, rising in fine particles, and adhering to the sides of the chimney or pipe conveying the smoke; especially the fine powder consisting chiefly of carbon that colors smoke II. transitive verb Date: 1602 to coat or cover with soot

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  • soot — soot; soot·er; soot·er·kin; soot·i·ly; soot·i·ness; soot·less; …   English syllables

  • Soot — Soot, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Sooted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Sooting}.] To cover or dress with soot; to smut with, or as with, soot; as, to soot land. Mortimer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Soot — Soot, Soote Soot e, a. [See {Sweet}.] Sweet. [Obs.] The soote savour of the vine. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • soot — O.E. sot, from P.Gmc. *sotam soot (Cf. O.N. sot, O.Du. soet, N.Fris. sutt), lit. what settles, from PIE *sodo (Cf. O.C.S. sazda, Lith. suodziai, O.Ir. suide, Bret. huzel soot ), from root *sod /*sed …   Etymology dictionary

  • soot — [soot, so͞ot] n. [ME < OE sot, akin to MDu soet < IE base * sed , to SIT: basic sense “what settles”] a black substance consisting chiefly of carbon particles formed by the incomplete combustion of burning matter vt. to cover, soil, or… …   English World dictionary

  • Soot — (? or ?; 277), n. [OE. sot, AS. s?t; akin to Icel. s?t, Sw. sot, Dan. sod, OD. soet, Lith. s?dis; cf. Gael. suith, Ir. suth.] A black substance formed by combustion, or disengaged from fuel in the process of combustion, which rises in fine… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • soot — [ sut ] noun uncount a dirty black powder that is produced when you burn something such as coal or wood ╾ soot|y adjective …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • soot — (soot) fine black particles, composed mainly of carbon, resulting from incomplete combustion of various fuels; long term skin exposure to it can be carcinogenic …   Medical dictionary

  • soot — [sut] n [U] [: Old English; Origin: sot] black powder that is produced when something is burnt >sooty adj …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • soot — ► NOUN ▪ a black powdery or flaky substance produced by the incomplete burning of organic matter. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • Soot — For other uses, see Soot (disambiguation). Emission of soot from a large diesel truck, without particle filters Soot (   …   Wikipedia

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