Definition of effluent in English:

effluent

Line breaks: ef¦flu|ent
Pronunciation: /ˈɛflʊənt
 
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noun

[mass noun]
Liquid waste or sewage discharged into a river or the sea: industrial effluent [count noun]: contamination with trade effluents
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, effluvium, outflow, discharge, emission;
pollutant, pollution

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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