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EtymologyEdit

Latin effluens, effluentis.

AdjectiveEdit

effluent (not comparable)

  1. Flowing out; outflowing.
    • 1860, Benjamin Franklin Barrett, Letters on the Divine Trinity: Addressed to Henry Ward Beecher
      But while the effluent beams of the sun, and their quickening power in the natural sphere, furnish a good illustration of my idea of the Holy Spirit, I may, perhaps, illustrate the idea still better by a reference to human thoughts and affections []

NounEdit

effluent (plural effluents)

  1. A stream that flows out, such as from a lake or reservoir; an outflow; effluence.
  2. Sewage water that has been (partially) treated, and is released into a natural body of water; a flow of any liquid waste.
    • 2014 June 14, “It's a gas”, in The Economist, volume 411, number 8891:
      One of the hidden glories of Victorian engineering is proper drains. Isolating a city’s effluent and shipping it away in underground sewers has probably saved more lives than any medical procedure except vaccination.

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AdjectiveEdit

effluent m (feminine singular effluente, masculine plural effluents, feminine plural effluentes)

  1. effluent

NounEdit

effluent m (plural effluents)

  1. effluent

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