efficiency

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Latin efficientia

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efficiency (countable and uncountable, plural efficiencies)

  1. The extent to which time is well used for the intended task.
    The efficiency of the planning department is deplorable.
    • 2012 September 7, Phil McNulty, “Moldova 0-5 England”, BBC Sport:
      The display and result must be placed in the context that was it was against a side that looked every bit their Fifa world ranking of 141 - but England completed the job with efficiency to record their biggest away win in 19 years.
  2. (dated) The quality of producing an effect or effects.
    • Hooker
      The manner of this divine efficiency being far above us.
  3. The extent to which a resource, such as electricity, is used for the intended purpose; the ratio of useful work to energy expended.
    The efficiency of this loudspeaker is 40%.
  4. (United States) A one-room apartment.
    I have an efficiency available June through July.
    fully-furnished efficiencies

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Last modified on 10 April 2014, at 07:23