from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or an instance of effusing.
- n. Liquid or other matter poured forth.
- n. An unrestrained outpouring of feeling, as in speech or writing: "the devout effusions of sacred eloquence” ( Edmund Burke).
- n. Pathology The seeping of serous, purulent, or bloody fluid into a body cavity or tissue.
- n. Pathology The effused fluid.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an outpouring of liquid
- n. an outpouring of speech or emotion
- n. the seeping of fluid into a body cavity; the fluid itself
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of pouring out.
- n. That which is poured out, literally or figuratively.
- n. The escape of a fluid out of its natural vessel, either by rupture of the vessel, or by exudation through its walls. It may pass into the substance of an organ, or issue upon a free surface.
- n. The liquid escaping or exuded.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of pouring out, literally or figuratively; a shedding forth; an outpour: as, the effusion of water, of blood, of grace, of words, etc.
- n. That which is poured out; a fluid, or figuratively an influence of any kind, shed abroad.
- n. Specifically An outpour of thought in writing or speech; a literary effort, especially in verse: as, a poetical effusion: commonly used in disparagement.
- n. In pathology, the escape of a fluid from the vessels containing it into a cavity, into the surrounding tissues, or on a free surface: as, the effusion of lymph.
- n. [ML. effusio(n-), tr. of Gr.
ῤν/σις.] That part of the constellation Aquarius (which see) included within the stream of water. It contains the star Fomalhaut, now located in the Southern Fish.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. flow under pressure
- n. an unrestrained expression of emotion
Latin effūsiō ("outpouring") (Wiktionary)