Effluent meaning

ĕflo͝o-ənt
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Effluent is defined as liquid waste products that are discharged.

An example of effluent is sewage dumped into the Mississippi river.

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Flowing out or forth.
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Something that flows out or forth, especially:
  • A stream flowing out of a body of water.
  • An outflow from a sewer or sewage system.
  • A discharge of liquid waste, as from a factory or nuclear plant.
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A flowing out or forth.
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A thing that flows out or forth.
  • A stream flowing out of a body of water.
  • The outflow of a sewer, septic tank, etc.
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Flowing out or forth.
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A stream flowing out of a body of water.
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An outflow or discharge of liquid waste, as from a sewage system, factory, or nuclear plant.
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Flowing out; outflowing.
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A stream that flows out, such as from a lake or reservoir; an outflow; effluence.
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Sewage water that has been (partially) treated, and is released into a natural body of water; a flow of any liquid waste.
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Origin of effluent

  • Middle English from Latin effluēns effluent- present participle of effluere to flow out ex- ex- fluere to flow bhleu- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin effluens, effluentis.

    From Wiktionary