Origin and Etymology of effluent
Latin effluent-, effluens, present participle of effluere to flow out, from ex- + fluere to flow — more at fluid
First Known Use: 1726
Simple Definition of effluent
: liquid (such as sewage or industrial chemicals) that is released as waste
Full Definition of effluent
: something that flows out: as a : an outflowing branch of a main stream or lake b : waste material (as smoke, liquid industrial refuse, or sewage) discharged into the environment especially when serving as a pollutant
Examples of effluent in a sentence
The factory has been accused of discharging effluent into the river.
First Known Use of effluent
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