acid rain


noun

precipitation, as rain, snow, or sleet, containing relatively high concentrations of acid-forming chemicals, as the pollutants from coal smoke, chemical manufacturing, and smelting, that have been released into the atmosphere and combined with water vapor: harmful to the environment.

Nearby words

  1. acid perfusion test,
  2. acid phosphatase,
  3. acid phosphate,
  4. acid precipitation,
  5. acid radical,
  6. acid reflux,
  7. acid rock,
  8. acid salt,
  9. acid soil,
  10. acid stain

Origin of acid rain

First recorded in 1855–60

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British Dictionary definitions for acid rain

acid rain

noun

rain that contains a high concentration of pollutants, chiefly sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide, released into the atmosphere by the burning of fossil fuels such as coal or oil
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Culture definitions for acid rain

acid rain

A type of precipitation made up of dilute acids, primarily a by-product of heavy industry.

Note

Acid rain is a result of the combination of water with chemicals released into the atmosphere by the burning of fossil fuels.

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