- outward flow, as of water.
- something that flows out; effluence.
- a passing or lapse of time.
- a passing away; expiration; ending.
Also ef·flux·ion [ih-fluhk-shuh n] /ɪˈflʌk ʃən/ (for defs 3, 4).
Origin of efflux
1635–45; < Medieval Latin effluxus, equivalent to Latin ef- ef- + fluc-, variant stem of fluere to flow + -sus, for -tus suffix of v. action
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Examples from the Web for efflux
Everything that he did and all that he said were merely the efflux of his high spirits as a schoolboy.The Fixed Period
Antoninus says that the soul of man is an efflux from the divinity.Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
The fancy shunned them—a problem not to be settled by sudden municipal edicts, but only by the efflux of generations.Your United States
Practical maxims are spoken of, as merely probable, Right and Wrong as the efflux of moral sentiments.The Philosophy of Natural Theology
In general, however, the efflux of water at these inferior openings is surprisingly uniform.Principles of Geology
Word Origin and History for efflux
1640s, from Latin effluxus, past participle of effluere (see effluence).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper