[ ef-er-ves ]
/ ˌɛf ərˈvɛs /

verb (used without object), ef·fer·vesced, ef·fer·vesc·ing.

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.


Nearby words

  1. efferent duct,
  2. efferent glomerular arteriole,
  3. efferent nerve,
  4. efferent vessel,
  5. efferently,
  6. effervescence,
  7. effervescent,
  8. effervescent salt,
  9. effete,
  10. effetely

Origin of effervesce

1695–1705; < Latin effervēscere, equivalent to ef- ef- + ferv- hot (see fervent) + -ēscere -esce

Related formsef·fer·ves·cence, noun

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/ (ˌɛfəˈvɛs) /

verb (intr)

(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
Derived Formseffervescible, adjectiveeffervescingly, adverb

Word Origin for effervesce

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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