effluent [ef′lo͞oənt]
[ME < L effluens: see EFFLUENCE]
a flowing out or forth
a thing that flows out or forth; specif.,
a) a stream flowing out of a body of water: opposed to AFFLUENT, n. 1
b) the outflow of a sewer, septic tank, etc.

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  • effluent — effluent, ente [ eflyɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. et n. m. • av. 1475; lat. effluens, p. prés. de effluere « s écouler » 1 ♦ Qui s écoule d une source. 2 ♦ N. m. (1953) Géogr. Cours d eau issu d un lac ou d un glacier. ⇒ 2. émissaire. ♢ Techn. Effluent urbain …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Effluent — Ef flu*ent, a. [L. effluens, entis, p. pr. of effluere to flow out; ex + fluere to flow: cf. F. effluent. See {Fluent}.] Flowing out; as, effluent beams. Parnell. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Effluent — Ef flu*ent, n. (Geog.) A stream that flows out of another stream or lake. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • effluent — effluent, ente (è flu an, an t ) adj. Terme de physique. Fluant hors. Matière effluente. L abbé Nollet expliquait les phénomènes électriques au moyen de deux matières, l une affluente, l autre effluente. HISTORIQUE    XVe s. •   Perfecte bonté… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • effluent — EFFLUENT, ENTE. adj. Il n est guère d usage qu en Physique, et dans cette phrase: Matière effluente, pour signifier, Les émanations qui sortent d un corps …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • effluent — (adj.) mid 15c., from L. effluentem (see EFFLUENCE (Cf. effluence)). As a noun, from 1859; meaning liquid industrial waste is from 1930 …   Etymology dictionary

  • effluent — ► NOUN ▪ liquid waste or sewage discharged into a river or the sea …   English terms dictionary

  • Effluent — Wastewater discharge Effluent is an outflowing of water or gas from a natural body of water, or from a human made structure. Effluent is defined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency as “wastewater treated or untreated that flows… …   Wikipedia

  • effluent — I. adjective Etymology: Latin effluent , effluens, present participle of effluere to flow out, from ex + fluere to flow more at fluid Date: 1726 flowing out ; emanating, outgoing < an effluent river > II. noun Dat …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • effluent — [[t]e̱fluənt[/t]] effluents N MASS Effluent is liquid waste material that comes out of factories or sewage works. [FORMAL] The effluent from the factory was dumped into the river... All industrial chemical plants produce waste effluents. Syn:… …   English dictionary

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