ef·​flu·​ence | \ ˈe-ˌflü-ən(t)s How to pronounce effluence (audio) ; e-ˈflü-, ə- \

Definition of effluence

1 : something that flows out
2 : an action or process of flowing out

Examples of effluence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Water runoff and control, water quality and effluence, education, water reuse and water conservation, also continue to be priorities in the village’s water management plan. Brian L. Cox, chicagotribune.com, "Skokie officials provide updates on environmental sustainability efforts," 23 Feb. 2021 So many words, words upon words, the effluence of the dialogue being the show’s draw, as well as one of its drawbacks. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "The last thing America needs right now is more ‘West Wing’," 15 Oct. 2020 Among the problems caused by the island's long-running tourism boom is unregulated development and pipes carrying raw effluence directly into the sea. Euan Mckirdy, CNN, "Paradise lost? Philippines closes 'cesspool' tourist island of Boracay," 4 Apr. 2018 Angel and his team hit the main control rooms: flat-screen computers monitoring effluence, water quality, chemical inputs, pump efficiency— Paolo Bacigalupi, Wired News, "Exclusive: Read the First Chapter of Paolo Bacigalupi's New Novel The Water Knife," 27 May 2015

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First Known Use of effluence

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Effluence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/effluence. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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