from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Flowing out or forth.
- n. Something that flows out or forth, especially:
- n. A stream flowing out of a body of water.
- n. An outflow from a sewer or sewage system.
- n. A discharge of liquid waste, as from a factory or nuclear plant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Flowing out; outflowing.
- n. A stream that flows out, such as from a lake or reservoir; an outflow; effluence.
- n. Sewage water that has been (partially) treated, and is released into a natural body of water; a flow of any liquid waste.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Flowing out.
- n. A stream that flows out of another stream or lake.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Flowing out; emanating.
- n. That which flows out or issues forth.
- n. Specifically, in geography, a stream that flows out of another stream or out of a lake: as, the Atchafalaya is an effluent of the Mississippi river.
- n. In mathematics, a covariant of a quantic of degree mn in i variables, the covariant being of degree m and in p variables, where p is the number of permutations that can be obtained by dividing n into i parts.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. that is flowing outward
- n. water mixed with waste matter
Middle English, from Latin effluēns, effluent-, present participle of effluere, to flow out : ex-, ex- + fluere, to flow; see bhleu- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)