Adjective "contaminating" definition and examples

(Contaminating may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Make (something) impure by exposure to or addition of a poisonous or polluting substance.
  1. figurative 'celebrity has contaminated every aspect of public life'
  2. 'Apparently parents emit poisonous substances which contaminate their kids in much the same way that humans pollute the environment.'
  3. 'But this should not be carried out on-farm because it can further contaminate the ground and infect other cattle.'
  4. 'If not properly disposed of, these substances can contaminate ground water.'
  5. 'If mercury is found in local soil, it can contaminate the fish supply.'
  6. 'The amount of mercury found in fish may be 3,000 times the original concentration in the contaminated water.'
  7. 'Many types of viral and bacterial pathogens that grow in the gut of infected people may contaminate water and food.'
  8. 'It can crash through the armour of a modern tank and it poisons land and contaminates water supplies for years causing cancers and genetic defects.'
  9. 'I think most people are tired of this way of contaminating the political agenda.'
  10. 'Air pollution can hurt animals and humans when they inhale contaminated air.'
  11. 'It was approved only for animal feed but was found to be contaminating several corn products sold to consumers.'

More definitions

1. to make impure or unsuitable by contact or mixture with something unclean, bad, etc.: to contaminate a lake with sewage.

2. to render harmful or unusable by adding radioactive material to: to contaminate a laboratory. noun

3. something that contaminates or carries contamination; contaminant. adjective

4. Obsolete. contaminated.

More examples(as adjective)

"waters can be contaminating."

"salivas can be contaminating."

"cells can be contaminating."

"wastes can be contaminating."

"liquids can be contaminating."

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(contaminate)Late Middle English: from Latin contaminat- ‘made impure’, from the verb contaminare, from contamen ‘contact, pollution’, from con- ‘together with’ + the base of tangere ‘to touch’.