- the aggregate of such particles, especially as produced by one source: tests to analyze diesel particulates.
- Meteorology.solid or liquid particles suspended in the atmosphere, especially pollutants.
Origin of particulate
Related Words for particulategritty, homespun, crude, grainy, harsh, granular, impure, inferior, loose, lumpy, mediocre, rough, rugged, unfinished, unpolished, unprocessed, chapped, coarse-grained, particulate, rough-hewn
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Contemporary Examples of particulate
Burning charcoal generates hydrocarbons, particulate air pollution, wildfires, and carbon footprints.P.J. O'Rourke: 27 Sensitive, Caring, Green, and Politically Committed Reasons to Ban July 4th
P. J. O’Rourke
July 3, 2014
Historical Examples of particulate
The result is a case of particulate inheritance—the single comb being inherited anteriorly and the oo comb posteriorly.Inheritance of Characteristics in Domestic Fowl
Charles Benedict Davenport
Neither the particulate nor the chemical theories help us here.Science and Morals and Other Essays
Bertram Coghill Alan Windle
These results of experiments are commonly understood to prove the particulate character of the agents so studied.
1871, from Modern Latin particulatus, from particula (see particle). As a noun from 1960. Related: Particulates.