[kuh n-tam-uh-ney-shuh n] /kənˌtæm əˈneɪ ʃən/
the act of contaminating, or of making something impure or unsuitable by contact with something unclean, bad, etc.
the act of contaminating, or of rendering something harmful or unusable by the addition of radioactive material:
the contamination of food following a nuclear attack.
the state of being contaminated:
The manufacturer recalled the product because of possible salmonella contamination.
Rare. something that contaminates a place or substance, as by making it impure, unsuitable, harmful, or unusable; a .
the act or process of contaminating or the state of being contaminated
something that contaminates
(linguistics) the process by which one word or phrase is altered because of mistaken associations with another word or phrase; for example, the substitution of irregardless for regardless by association with such words as irrespective
early 15c., from Latin contaminationem (nominative contaminatio), noun of action from past participle stem of contaminare (see contaminate). Figurative sense is from c.1620; specifically of radioactivity from 1913.
contamination con·tam·i·na·tion (kən-tām’ə-nā’shən)
[kuh n-tem-puh-rey-nee-uh s] /kənˌtɛm pəˈreɪ ni əs/ adjective 1. living or occurring during the same period of time; contemporary. /kənˌtɛmpəˈreɪnɪəs/ adjective 1. existing, beginning, or occurring in the same period of time adj. 1650s, from Late Latin contemporaneus “contemporary,” from the same source as contemporary but with a form after Late Latin temporaneous “timely.” Related: […]
[kuh n-tem-puh-rer-ee] /kənˈtɛm pəˌrɛr i/ adjective 1. existing, occurring, or living at the same time; belonging to the same time: Newton’s discovery of the calculus was contemporary with that of Leibniz. 2. of about the same age or date: a Georgian table with a contemporary wig stand. 3. of the present time; modern: a lecture […]
[kuh n-ten-shuh n] /kənˈtɛn ʃən/ noun 1. a struggling together in opposition; strife. 2. a striving in rivalry; competition; contest. 3. strife in debate; dispute; controversy. 4. a point for or affirmed in controversy. /kənˈtɛnʃən/ noun 1. a struggling between opponents; competition 2. dispute in an argument (esp in the phrase bone of contention) 3. […]
[kuh n-teks-choo-uh l] /kənˈtɛks tʃu əl/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or depending on the . /kənˈtɛkstjʊəl/ adjective 1. relating to, dependent on, or using context: contextual criticism of a book adj. c.1820, from context on model of textual, etc. In philosophy, contextual definition is recorded from 1934, along with contextualization, contextualize. Related: Contextualized.