Definition of efficiency in English:

efficiency

Line breaks: ef¦fi|ciency
Pronunciation: /ɪˈfɪʃ(ə)nsi
 
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noun (plural efficiencies)

[mass noun]
1The state or quality of being efficient: greater energy efficiency
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  • Sri Lanka has identified health as an area where information technology should be used to boost efficiency and service quality.
  • The nation's translation industry is often criticized for its poor quality and lack of efficiency.
  • He spends most of his time assessing quality and efficiency at the plant.
Synonyms
1.1 [count noun] An action designed to achieve efficiency: the reforms will lead to efficiencies and savings
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  • Some projects which were funded simply achieved budgetary efficiencies, he said, and did not require as much money as had been first thought.
  • Mr Prendergast said a constant and ongoing review is in place at Lakeland to identify where further operating efficiencies can be achieved.
  • Environmental management can achieve efficiencies in how we operate at a business level, with resulting bottom line benefits.
1.2 [count noun] technical The ratio of the useful work performed by a machine or in a process to the total energy expended or heat taken in: the boiler has an efficiency of 45 per cent
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  • They emit no pollutants and have impressive energy efficiencies.
  • Chiller energy efficiencies have steadily climbed over the past years.
  • They appeal because of the very high energy efficiencies they offer and the lack of environmental impact.

Origin

late 16th century (in the sense 'the fact of being an efficient cause'): from Latin efficientia, from efficere 'accomplish' (see effect).

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