Meaning of “the greenhouse effect” in the English Dictionary

"greenhouse effect" in American English

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greenhouse effectnoun [ U ]

us /ˈɡrinˌhɑʊs ɪˌfekt/

earth science the gradual warming of the earth because of heat trapped by carbon dioxide and other gases in the atmosphere

(Definition of “greenhouse effect” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"the greenhouse effect" in Business English

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the greenhouse effectnoun [ S ]


an increase in the amount of carbon dioxide and other gases in the atmosphere (= mix of gases which surround the earth), which is believed to cause the surface of the earth to become gradually warmer and to be a threat to its future:

They claim that the floods are a result of the greenhouse effect.
As it rots, it releases carbon dioxide and methane, contributing to the greenhouse effect.

(Definition of “the greenhouse effect” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)