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effluent

Syllabification: ef·flu·ent
Pronunciation: /ˈefləwənt
 
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Definition of effluent in English:

noun

Liquid waste or sewage discharged into a river or the sea: the bay was contaminated with the effluent from an industrial plant
More example sentences
  • Ground water is polluted by industrial effluent and human waste.
  • Treated effluent is still discharged into Maguires Creek, the Richmond River and the Pacific Ocean.
  • However, there were occasions when because of the poor quality industrial effluents being discharged into the river the water could carry no oxygen and it was impossible for fish to survive.
Synonyms
(liquid) waste, sewage, waste water, effluvium, outflow, discharge, emission

Origin

late Middle English (in the adjective sense 'flowing out'): from Latin effluent- 'flowing out', from the verb effluere (see effluence). The noun dates from the mid 19th century.

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  • affluent from (Late Middle English):

    From Latin affluere ‘flow towards’, affluent was originally used to describe water either flowing towards a place or flowing freely without any restriction. It later came to mean ‘abundant’ and then ‘wealthy’, a meaning which dates from the mid 18th century. Related words, all based on Latin fluere ‘to flow’ are fluent (late 16th century) and fluid (Late Middle English); flume (Middle English) originally a stream; flux (Late Middle English) a state of flowing; effluent (Late Middle English) something that flows out; and superfluous (Late Middle English) ‘overflowing’.

Words that rhyme with effluent

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