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verb (used without object), ef·fer·vesced, ef·fer·vesc·ing.
  1. to give off bubbles of gas, as fermenting liquors.
  2. to issue forth in bubbles.
  3. to show enthusiasm, excitement, liveliness, etc.: The parents effervesced with pride over their new baby.
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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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Historical Examples

  • 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

    George Fitch

  • It will effervesce; stir it while foaming into the mixture, which should be a thick batter.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for effervesce


verb (intr)
  1. (of a liquid) to give off bubbles of gas
  2. (of a gas) to issue in bubbles from a liquid
  3. to exhibit great excitement, vivacity, etc
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Derived Formseffervescible, adjectiveeffervescingly, adverb

Word Origin

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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