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Effluent vs Effusion - What's the difference?

effluent | effusion |

As nouns the difference between effluent and effusion

is that effluent is a stream that flows out, such as from a lake or reservoir; an outflow; effluence while effusion is a liquid outpouring.

As an adjective effluent

is flowing out; outflowing.




  • Flowing out; outflowing.
  • * Parnell
  • Effluent beams.


    (en noun)
  • A stream that flows out, such as from a lake or reservoir; an outflow; effluence.
  • Sewage water that has been (partially) treated, and is released into a natural body of water; a flow of any liquid waste.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2014-06-14, volume=411, issue=8891, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= It's a gas , passage=One of the hidden glories of Victorian engineering is proper drains. Isolating a city’s effluent and shipping it away in underground sewers has probably saved more lives than any medical procedure except vaccination.}}




    (en noun)
  • a liquid outpouring.
  • (by extension) a speech or emotion outpouring.
  • * 1930; , (Morrie Ryskind), (Bert Kalmar), (Harry Ruby); (Animal Crackers) , (Paramount Pictures)
  • Captain Spaulding: My friends, I am highly gratified by this magnificent display of effusion ...
  • (medicine) the seeping of fluid into a body cavity; the fluid itself