[ smog, smawg ]
/ smɒg, smɔg /


smoke or other atmospheric pollutants combined with fog in an unhealthy or irritating mixture.

verb (used with object)

to cover or envelop with or as if with smog.


Nearby words

  1. smock,
  2. smock frock,
  3. smock mill,
  4. smocked,
  5. smocking,
  6. smogbound,
  7. smoggy,
  8. smokable,
  9. smoke,
  10. smoke alarm

Origin of smog

1900–05; sm(oke) + (f)og1

Related formssmog·less, adjectivede·smog, verb (used with object), de·smogged, de·smog·ging. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for smog


/ (smɒɡ) /


a mixture of smoke, fog, and chemical fumes
Derived Formssmoggy, adjective

Word Origin for smog

C20: from sm (oke + f) og 1

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Word Origin and History for smog


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Medicine definitions for smog


[ smŏg ]


Fog that has become mixed and polluted with smoke.
A form of air pollution produced when sunlight causes hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides from automotive emissions to combine in a photochemical reaction.

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Science definitions for smog


[ smŏg ]

A form of air pollution produced by the reaction of sunlight with hydrocarbons, nitrogen compounds, and other gases primarily released in automobile exhaust. Smog is common in large urban areas, especially during hot, sunny weather, where it appears as a brownish haze that can irritate the eyes and lungs. Ozone, a toxic gas that is not normally produced at lower atmospheric levels, is one of the primary pollutants created in this kind of smog. Also called photochemical smog
Fog that has become polluted with smoke and particulates, especially from burning coal.
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Culture definitions for smog


A haze or fog composed of water vapor, complex molecules, and suspended particles.


In North America, the primary cause of smog is pollution from automobile exhaust.


The Los Angeles basin, where pollutants can be trapped by inversions and the surrounding mountains, has frequent problems with smog, as do other major urban areas.


The word smog is a combination of smoke and fog.

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