- to give off bubbles of gas, as fermenting liquors.
- to issue forth in bubbles.
- to show enthusiasm, excitement, liveliness, etc.: The parents effervesced with pride over their new baby.
Origin of effervesce
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Examples from the Web for effervesce
This will effervesce during the time the acid is dissolving the zinc.Practical Mechanics for Boys
J. S. Zerbe
The class which is about to effervesce socially holds a meeting.At Good Old Siwash
It will effervesce; stir it while foaming into the mixture, which should be a thick batter.Miss Leslie's Lady's New Receipt-Book
A wineglass of the cream to a tumbler of water, with sufficient carbonate of soda to make it effervesce.
Bubbles of gas were formed rapidly, causing the liquid to effervesce as a tumbler of soda water would do.The Library of Work and Play: Electricity and Its Everyday Uses
John F. Woodhull
- (of a liquid) to give off bubbles of gas
- (of a gas) to issue in bubbles from a liquid
- to exhibit great excitement, vivacity, etc
C18: from Latin effervescere to foam up, from fervescere to begin to boil, from fervēre to boil, ferment
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Word Origin and History for effervesce
1702, from Latin effervescere (see effervescence). Related: Effervesced; effervescing.
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