particulate

1. noun
a) any solid or liquid in a subdivided state, especially one that exhibits special characteristics which are negligible in the bulk material

Particulates in engine oil can abrade moving parts.

b) any solid or liquid suspended in air or free to suspend in air
Comprised of particles; as, particulate matter.

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  • Particulate — Par*tic u*late (p[aum]r*t[i^]k [ u]*l[asl]t), a. 1. Having the form of a particle. [1913 Webster] 2. Referring to, or produced by, particles, such as dust, minute germs, etc. [R.] [1913 Webster] The smallpox is a particulate disease. Tyndall.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • particulate — par*tic u*late (p[aum]r*t[i^]k [ u]*l[asl]t), n. Matter composed of particles; often used in the pl.; as, the quantity of particulates in auto exhaust is strictly regulated. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Particulate — Par*tic u*late (p[aum]r*t[i^]k [ u]*l[=a]t), v. t. & i. [See {Particle}.] To particularize. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • particulate — 1871 (adj.), 1960 (n.), from Mod.L. particulatus, from particula (see PARTICLE (Cf. particle)). Related: Particulates …   Etymology dictionary

  • particulate — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ relating to or in the form of minute particles. ► NOUN (particulates) ▪ matter in such a form. ORIGIN from Latin particula particle …   English terms dictionary

  • particulate — [pär tik′yə lit, pär tik′yəlāt΄] adj. [< L particula,PARTICLE + ATE1] of, pertaining to, or consisting of very small, separate particles n. a very minute particle …   English World dictionary

  • Particulate — Particulates, alternatively referred to as particulate matter (PM) or fine particles, are tiny particles of solid or liquid suspended in a gas. In contrast, aerosol refers to particles and the gas together. Sources of particulate matter can be… …   Wikipedia

  • particulate — Relating to or occurring in the form of fine particles. * * * par·tic·u·late pär tik yə lət adj 1) of, relating to, or existing in the form of minute separate particles <dust, smoke, and other particulate matter> 2) of or relating to… …   Medical dictionary

  • particulate — I. adjective Etymology: Latin particula Date: 1871 of or relating to minute separate particles II. noun Date: 1942 a particulate substance …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • particulate — par|tic|u|late [ par tıkjəleıt ] adjective only before noun SCIENCE relating to or consisting of extremely small PARTICLES: particulate matter …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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