from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or an instance of flowing out.
  • n. Something that flows out or forth; an emanation: "tremendous emotional effluences that affected blocks of people at a time, causing them to walk faster” ( Coleman Dowell).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The process of flowing out.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A flowing out, or emanation.
  • n. That which flows or issues from any body or substance; issue; efflux.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of flowing out; outflow; emanation.
  • n. That which issues or flows out; an effiux; an emanation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the process of flowing out


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  • One kind of effluence goes from the perceiving organ to the object of perception; another kind goes from the object of perception to the organ.


  • He divined it in the way the girl looked at the young painter, and in his air of possession; and as Philip sat with them he felt a kind of effluence surrounding them, as though the air were heavy with something strange.

    Of Human Bondage

  • There was a kind of effluence of youth, of purity, of strength, about her which it was impossible not to feel, and which evidently roused the enthusiastic sympathy of the great majority of those who saw her.

    Miss Bretherton

  • And the process is one attended always by a glow and sparkle, a kind of effluence of youth and pleasure, which makes beauty more beautiful and grace more graceful.

    Robert Elsmere

  • And the power which the eye possesses is a sort of effluence which is dispensed from the sun?

    The Republic of Plato

  • a glow and sparkle, a kind of effluence of youth and pleasure, which makes beauty more beautiful and grace more graceful.

    Robert Elsmere

  • And I think somewhere they got the mistaken idea that “effluent*” was synonymous with “affluent”, and that effluence for the people was a good thing.

    Coyote Blog » Blog Archive » Congress

  • And, according to the same article in which Mrs. Lindgren laments her prison of "sonic effluence," most residents love the turbines -- not to mention how much money they're saving on their electric bills!

    Brian Keane: Let's Get Real on Wind Turbine Noise

  • Putrid effluence from Republican politicians and from fascist-sounding TV pundits has added to the miasma and corrupted those responsible for the fair treatment of prisoners held in pre-trial custody, such as Bradley Manning Report, 11 March, who has already spent 10 months in solitary – and mostly naked – confinement.

    Letter: Putrid US politics

  • By the way those coastal areas that are dying back from the effluence of salt water are proven to be a buffer from those hurricanes.



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