particulate

[per-tik-yuh-lit, -leyt, puh-tik-, pahr-]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or composed of distinct particles.
noun
2.
a separate and distinct particle.
3.
a material composed of such particles.
4.
particulates.
a.
the aggregate of such particles, especially as produced by one source: tests to analyze diesel particulates.
b.
Meteorology. solid or liquid particles suspended in the atmosphere, especially pollutants.

Origin:
1870–75; < Neo-Latin particulātus, equivalent to Latin particul(a) particle + -ātus -ate1

nonparticulate, adjective
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particulate (pɑːˈtɪkjʊlɪt, -ˌleɪt)
 
n
1.  a substance consisting of separate particles
 
adj
2.  of or made up of separate particles
3.  genetics of, relating to, or designating inheritance of characteristics, esp with emphasis on the role of genes

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particulate par·tic·u·late (pər-tĭk'yə-lĭt, -lāt', pär-)
adj.
Of or occurring in the form of fine particles. n.
A particulate substance.

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particulate   (pər-tĭk'yə-lĭt)  Pronunciation Key 
Adjective   Formed of very small, separate particles. Dust and soot are forms of particulate matter.

Noun  
  1. A very small particle, as of dust or soot. Particulates that are given off by the burning of oil, gasoline, and other fuels can remain suspended in the atmosphere for long periods, where they are a major component of air pollution and smog.

  2. A substance or suspension composed of such particles, such as sand or smoke.


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Example sentences
Today the dry lake bed is the largest single source of particulate matter air
  pollution in the nation.
Renewable diesel also creates far fewer sulfur dioxide, particulate, and
  nitrogen oxide emissions.
Particulate air pollution is typically measured at ground level.
Depends on the coffee bean particulate shape, which is always round.
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