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effluent

[ef-loo-uh nt] /ˈɛf lu ənt/
adjective
1.
flowing out or forth.
noun
2.
something that flows out or forth; outflow; effluence.
3.
a stream flowing out of a lake, reservoir, etc.
4.
sewage that has been treated in a septic tank or sewage treatment plant.
5.
sewage or other liquid waste that is discharged into a body of water, etc.
Origin of effluent
1720-1730
1720-30; < Latin effluent- (stem of effluēns flowing out, present participle of effluere), equivalent to ef- ef- + flu- flow + -ent- -ent
Related forms
supereffluent, adjective
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effluent

/ˈɛflʊənt/
noun
1.
liquid discharged as waste, as from an industrial plant or sewage works
2.
radioactive waste released from a nuclear power station
3.
a stream that flows out of another body of water
4.
something that flows out or forth
adjective
5.
flowing out or forth
Word Origin
C18: from Latin effluere to run forth, from fluere to flow
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Word Origin and History for effluent
adj.

mid-15c., from Latin effluentem (see effluence). As a noun, from 1859; meaning "liquid industrial waste" is from 1930.

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effluent
  (ěf'l-ənt)   
Adjective  Flowing out or forth.

Noun  
  1. A stream flowing out of a body of water.

  2. An outflow or discharge of liquid waste, as from a sewage system, factory, or nuclear plant.


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