- flowing out or forth.
- something that flows out or forth; outflow; effluence.
- a stream flowing out of a lake, reservoir, etc.
- sewage that has been treated in a septic tank or sewage treatment plant.
- sewage or other liquid waste that is discharged into a body of water, etc.
Origin of effluent
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Examples from the Web for effluent
Yet overall the media absolutely adores cruise-ship stories, especially if they can be connected to effluent.In Defense of Cruises: Ignore the Carnival Sewage Disaster
February 15, 2013
The effluent or stream by which a lake discharges its water.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
As for the effluent, it was thick and turbid, and stunk like a dirty brewery.The Dwelling House
George Vivian Poore
At Troedyrhiw, as we have seen, the effluent drain is six feet deep.Cooley's Practical Receipts, Volume II
Hence this effluent, if placed upon the soil, is of great value.Marvels of Scientific Invention
Thomas W. Corbin
In most patterns of service governor weights may be added when it is desired to increase the pressure of the effluent gas.
- liquid discharged as waste, as from an industrial plant or sewage works
- radioactive waste released from a nuclear power station
- a stream that flows out of another body of water
- something that flows out or forth
- flowing out or forth
C18: from Latin effluere to run forth, from fluere to flow
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Word Origin and History for effluent
mid-15c., from Latin effluentem (see effluence). As a noun, from 1859; meaning "liquid industrial waste" is from 1930.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Flowing out or forth.
- A stream flowing out of a body of water.
- An outflow or discharge of liquid waste, as from a sewage system, factory, or nuclear plant.
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