Definition of effluence in English:


Line breaks: ef¦flu|ence
Pronunciation: /ˈɛflʊəns


  • 1A substance that flows out from something.
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    • Big cities and towns such as Sofia and Stara Zagora are the main culprits - they don't have adequate water treatment facilities and often outflow their effluence into small rivers with very little dilution.
    • While we treat 80,000 cubic meters of effluence, the company has capacity to treat only half of the effluence.
    • Sir Joseph Bazalgette's solution helped solve the problem with his 82-mile system of tunnels and pumping stations to cope with the effluence.
  • 1.1 [mass noun] The action of flowing out.
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    • It is a continuous process, like the effluence of light from a lamp.
    • They tend to prove the simultaneous affluence and effluence of the electric matter, a doctrine long since espoused, and very well supported by our author.


late Middle English: from medieval Latin effluentia, from Latin effluere 'flow out', from ex- 'out' + fluere 'to flow'.

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