- Effluent is defined as liquid waste products that are discharged.
An example of effluent is sewage dumped into the Mississippi river.
a flowing out or forth
Origin of effluentMiddle English ; from Classical Latin effluens: see effluence
a thing that flows out or forth; specif.,
- a stream flowing out of a body of wateropposed to affluent,
- the outflow of a sewer, septic tank, etc.
Flowing out or forth.
Something that flows out or forth, especially:
a. A stream flowing out of a body of water.
b. An outflow from a sewer or sewage system.
c. A discharge of liquid waste, as from a factory or nuclear plant.
Origin of effluentMiddle English, from Latin effluēns, effluent-, present participle of effluere, to flow out : ex-, ex- + fluere, to flow; see bhleu- in Indo-European roots.
- Flowing out; outflowing.
Latin effluens, effluentis.