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[ef-luhks] /ˈɛf lʌks/
outward flow, as of water.
something that flows out; effluence.
a passing or lapse of time.
a passing away; expiration; ending.
Also, effluxion
[ih-fluhk-shuh n] /ɪˈflʌk ʃən/ (Show IPA),
(for defs 3, 4).
Origin of efflux
1635-45; < Medieval Latin effluxus, equivalent to Latin ef- ef- + fluc-, variant stem of fluere to flow + -sus, for -tus suffix of v. action Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • This efflux of their combined energies inspires them and exasperates the mighty resonance of metal which they rule.

  • Everything that he did and all that he said were merely the efflux of his high spirits as a schoolboy.

    The Fixed Period Anthony Trollope
  • This is due to the fact that a certain speed of efflux cannot be exceeded without putting the flame out.

    Langley Memoir on Mechanical Flight, Parts I and II S. P. (Samuel Pierpont) Langley and Charles M. (Charles Matthews) Manly
  • Antoninus says that the soul of man is an efflux from the divinity.

    Thoughts of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
  • The manner in which Torricelli reached his famous law of efflux for liquids leads again to our principle.

  • The fancy shunned them—a problem not to be settled by sudden municipal edicts, but only by the efflux of generations.

    Your United States Arnold Bennett
  • Whitman said, 'Happiness is the efflux of soul,' which is exactly true, but it didn't help me until I had experience.

    The Hive Will Levington Comfort
  • Practical maxims are spoken of, as merely probable, Right and Wrong as the efflux of moral sentiments.

  • So from small beginnings God doth cause an efflux through the whole world.

  • In general, however, the efflux of water at these inferior openings is surprisingly uniform.

    Principles of Geology Charles Lyell
Word Origin and History for efflux

1640s, from Latin effluxus, past participle of effluere (see effluence).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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