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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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  • Modern Folkestone is already, by effluxion of time, becoming sharply divided into modern and more modern.

    The Ingoldsby Country Charles G. (Charles George) Harper
  • Very little history, too, relating to this interesting period has survived the effluxion of time.

    Warwickshire Clive Holland
  • To reproduce the names of his horses now would not be worth while, as from the effluxion of time the interest in them has ceased.

    The Greville Memoirs Charles C. F. Greville
  • So we must call this constant and intended act of Nature, a slip or effluxion .

  • The council is elected for three years and is not subject to dissolution save by effluxion of time.

  • Longer experience shows this to be a difficult subject, which increases in difficulty with the effluxion of time.

    The Life of Daniel De Foe George Chalmers
Word Origin and History for effluxion



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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