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AEROSOL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does aerosol mean? 

AEROSOL (noun)
  The noun AEROSOL has 2 senses:

1. a cloud of solid or liquid particles in a gas
2. a dispenser that holds a substance under pressure and that can release it as a fine spray (usually by means of a propellant gas)

  Familiarity information: AEROSOL used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


AEROSOL (noun)


Sense 1aerosol [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A cloud of solid or liquid particles in a gas

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Hypernyms ("aerosol" is a kind of...):

cloud (any collection of particles (e.g., smoke or dust) or gases that is visible)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "aerosol"):

fog (droplets of water vapor suspended in the air near the ground)

haze (atmospheric moisture or dust or smoke that causes reduced visibility)

fume; smoke (a cloud of fine particles suspended in a gas)


Sense 2aerosol [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A dispenser that holds a substance under pressure and that can release it as a fine spray (usually by means of a propellant gas)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

aerosol can; aerosol container; spray can; aerosol; aerosol bomb

Hypernyms ("aerosol" is a kind of...):

dispenser (a container so designed that the contents can be used in prescribed amounts)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "aerosol"):

pepper spray (a nonlethal aerosol spray made with the pepper derivative oleoresin capiscum; used to cause temporary blindness and incapacitate an attacker; also used as a bear deterrent)


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