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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or process of contaminating.
  • n. The state of being contaminated.
  • n. One that contaminates.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act or process of contaminating; pollution; defilement; taint; also, that which contaminates.
  • n. A process whereby words with related meanings come to have similar sounds.
  • n. The process of making a material or surface unclean or unsuited for its intended purpose, usually by the addition or attachment of undesirable foreign substances.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of contaminating; pollution; defilement; taint; also, that which contaminates.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of contaminating, or the state of being contaminated; pollution; defilement; taint.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of contaminating or polluting; including (either intentionally or accidentally) unwanted substances or factors
  • n. the state of being contaminated
  • n. a substance that contaminates

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