- unwanted or harmful noise, as from automobiles, airplanes, or industrial workplaces.
Origin of noise pollution
First recorded in 1965–70
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- annoying or harmful noise in an environment
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- An annoying or physiologically damaging environmental noise level.
- Environmental noise, as from vehicles or machinery, that is annoying, distracting, or physically harmful. The physical effects can include hearing loss, tinnitus, stress, and sleeplessness. Noise pollution is usually considered in terms of its effects on human populations, though it is known to affect wildlife as well.
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