ef·flu·ence | \ˈe-ˌflü-ən(t)s; e-ˈflü-, ə-\

Definition of effluence 

1 : something that flows out

2 : an action or process of flowing out

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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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