from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A secondary or unintended effect.


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  • I'm totally apologetic for not hearing you holler my name across the lift lobby (I'm turning deaf as a by-effect of overworking, I guess).

    babycartercl Diary Entry

  • He could under'stand how it had happened; a by-effect in one of the manufacturing processes, and since the stuff had been proven safe and nutritious for humans and other life-forms having similar biochemistry and metabo'lism, nobody had bothered until some little animals-no, people, that had been scientifically established-had detected its absence by taste.

    The Fuzzy Papers

  • Even under pristine conditions streams are likely to run somewhat muddy after storms; it is a natural phenomenon, a by-effect of the way climate carves landscapes.

    The Nation's River A report on the Potomac from the U.S. Department of the Interior

  • The Strange World of Quantum Entanglement: Dik Roytman notes: Telepathies in the pure state do not exist, being a by-effect of system of stabilisation of a composition of restricted group of ...

    California Literary Review


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