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[ef-er-ves] /ˌɛf ərˈvɛs/
verb (used without object), effervesced, effervescing.
to give off bubbles of gas, as fermenting liquors.
to issue forth in bubbles.
to show enthusiasm, excitement, liveliness, etc.:
The parents effervesced with pride over their new baby.
1695-1705; < Latin effervēscere, equivalent to ef- ef- + ferv- hot (see fervent) + -ēscere -esce
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effervescence, noun Unabridged
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Examples for effervescence
  • effervescence is not generally considered an enduring quality.
  • Bubbles are engaging because of their effervescence.
  • Bubbly soft drinks tickle our tongues with their effervescence.
  • Whatever effervescence this vessel once contained is long gone.
  • Acidity is a crucial component in sparkling wine, balancing the flavors and the effervescence with a sense of crisp liveliness.
  • At the best of times, his devilish effervescence tears defenses apart.
  • Its slightly syrupy quality yields to effervescence.
  • The lively comedies possess a natural effervescence.
  • All the effervescence didn't allow too many cynical impulses to bubble up.
  • Corea has always been a fount of clear effervescence at the piano, hair-trigger responsive and at his best in conversation.
British Dictionary definitions for effervescence


verb (intransitive)
(of a liquid) to give off bubbles of gas
(of a gas) to issue in bubbles from a liquid
to exhibit great excitement, vivacity, etc
Derived Forms
effervescible, adjective
effervescingly, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from Latin effervescere to foam up, from fervescere to begin to boil, from fervēre to boil, ferment
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Word Origin and History for effervescence
1650s, "the action of boiling up," from Fr. effervescence, from L. effervescere, from ex- "out" + fervescere "begin to boil," from fervere "be hot, boil" (see brew). Figurative sense is from 1748.
1702, from L. effervescere (see effervescence).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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effervescence in Science
The bubbling of a solution due to the escape of gas. The gas may form by a chemical reaction, as in a fermenting liquid, or by coming out of solution after having been under pressure, as in a carbonated drink.
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