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.
  • 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


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Latin effūsiō ("outpouring")


  • But the real pleasure of this posthumous effusion is the sheer joy the author evinces in showing off generous measures of tendentiousness and his undoubted historiographical bona fides.

    Cover to Cover

  • Albertine, a harshness which substituted for the original love a new love composed of pity, emotion, of the need of effusion, which is only a variant of the former love, that is not to be found also in this scene:

    The Sweet Cheat Gone

  • Pleurisy, with effusion, which is to be considered of tuberculous origin if no other cause can be proved.


  • In the case of extravasated fluids, operate immediately over the seat of effusion, which is frequently on the opposite side from the wound.

    An Epitome of Practical Surgery, for Field and Hospital.

  • Dalembert: Left knee effusion, which is fancy terminology for swelling in the left knee. - Latest Videos

  • Following heart surgery there is a risk that the patient will develop pericardial effusion, which is the collection of fluid around the heart.

    Medindia Health News

  • (compare Joh 7: 38; Tit 3: 6). by the Holy Ghost which is -- rather, "was." given unto us -- that is, at the great Pentecostal effusion, which is viewed as the formal donation of the Spirit to the Church of God, for all time and for each believer.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • The libretto by the British playwright/screenwriter Christopher Hampton (above, in the middle) isn't great (if he used the word "effusion" one more time I was going to scream), but it's serviceable and covers a lot of history efficiently.


  • The "effusion" in question has parted company with the autobiographical note, and the author of the prefatory memoir above quoted conjectures it to have been a little poem entitled the _Visionary Hope_; but I am myself of opinion, after a careful study of both pieces, that it is more probably the _Pains of Sleep_, which moreover is known to have been written in 1803.

    English Men of Letters: Coleridge

  • But by far the most remarkable and important fact which manifests itself in this regard, is the tendency to effusion which is developed as the disease advances.

    An Epitome of Practical Surgery, for Field and Hospital.


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.