Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Effectuate transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Effectuated
; present participle & verbal noun Effectuating
.] [ Confer French effectuer
. See Effect
& transitive verb
] To bring to pass; to effect; to achieve; to accomplish; to fulfill.
A fit instrument to effectuate his desire. Sir P. Sidney.
In order to effectuate the thorough reform. G. T. Curtis.
Effectuation noun Act of effectuating.
Effectuose, Effectuous adjective Effective. [ Obsolete] B. Jonson.
Effectuously adverb Effectively. [ Obsolete]
; plural Effeminacies
. [ From Effeminate
.] Characteristic quality of a woman, such as softness, luxuriousness, delicacy, or weakness, which is unbecoming a man; womanish delicacy or softness; -- used reproachfully of men. Milton.
[ Latin effeminatus
, past participle of effeminare
to make a woman of; ex
out + femina
a woman. See Feminine
] 1. Having some characteristic of a woman, as delicacy, luxuriousness, etc.; soft or delicate to an unmanly degree; womanish; weak.
The king, by his voluptuous life and mean marriage, became effeminate , and less sensible of honor. Bacon.
An effeminate and unmanly foppery. Bp. Hurd. 2. Womanlike; womanly; tender; -- in a good sense.
Gentle, kind, effeminate remorse. Shak.
are generally used in a reproachful sense; feminine
, applied to women, are epithets of propriety or commendation.
Effeminate transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Effeminated
; present participle & verbal noun Effeminating
.] To make womanish; to make soft and delicate; to weaken.
It will not corrupt or effeminate children's minds. Locke.
Effeminate intransitive verb To grow womanish or weak.
In a slothful peace both courage will effeminate and manners corrupt. Pope.
1. In an effeminate or womanish manner; weakly; softly; delicately. "Proud and effeminately gay." Fawkes. 2. By means of a woman; by the power or art of a woman. [ R.] " Effeminately vanquished." Milton.
Effeminateness noun The state of being effeminate; unmanly softness. Fuller.
Effemination noun [ Latin effeminatio .] Effeminacy; womanishness. [ Obsolete] Bacon.
Effeminize transitive verb To make effeminate. [ Obsolete]
[ Turk. efendi
, from Modern Greek ..., from Greek ... a chief. See Authentic
.] Master; sir; -- a title of a Turkish state official and man of learning, especially one learned in the law.
, [ Turk. efendi
, from Modern Greek ..., from Greek ... a chief. See Authentic
.] Master; sir; -- a Turkish title of respect, applied esp. to a state official or man of learning, as one learned in the law, but often simply as the courtesy title of a gentleman.
Efferent adjective [ Latin efferens , -entis , present participle of effere to bear out; ex out + ferre to bear.] (Physiol.) (a) Conveying outward, or discharging; -- applied to certain blood vessels, lymphatics, nerves, etc. (b) Conveyed outward; as, efferent impulses, i. e. , such as are conveyed by the motor or efferent nerves from the central nervous organ outwards; -- opposed to afferent .
Efferent noun An efferent duct or stream.
Efferous adjective [ Latin efferus savage; ex (intens.) + ferus wild.] Like a wild beast; fierce. [ Obsolete]
Effervesce intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Effervesced
; present participle & verbal noun Effervescing
.] [ Latin effervescere
to begin boiling, incho., from fervere
to boil. See Fervent
.] 1. To be in a state of natural ebullition; to bubble and hiss, as fermenting liquors, or any fluid, when some part escapes in a gaseous form. 2. To exhibit, in lively natural expression, feelings that can not be repressed or concealed; as, to effervesce with joy or merriment.
Effervescence, Effervescency noun [ Confer French effervescence .] A kind of natural ebullition; that commotion of a fluid which takes place when some part of the mass flies off in a gaseous form, producing innumerable small bubbles; as, the effervescence of a carbonate with citric acid.
Effervescent adjective [ Latin effervescences , present participle of effervescere : confer French effervescent .] Gently boiling or bubbling, by means of the disengagement of gas
Effervescible adjective Capable of effervescing.
Effervescive adjective Tending to produce effervescence. "An effervescive force." Hickok.
[ See Eft
] (Zoology) The common newt; -- called also asker , eft , evat , and ewt .
[ Latin effetus
that has brought forth, exhausted; ex
that has brought forth. See Fetus
.] No longer capable of producing young, as an animal, or fruit, as the earth; hence, worn out with age; exhausted of energy; incapable of efficient action; no longer productive; barren; sterile.
Effete results from virile efforts. Mrs. Browning
If they find the old governments effete , worn out, . . . they may seek new ones. Burke.
[ Latin eficax
, from efficere
. See Effect
] Possessing the quality of being effective; productive of, or powerful to produce, the effect intended; as, an efficacious law. Syn.
-- See Effectual
. -- Ef`fi*ca"cious*ly
Efficacity noun [ Latin efficacitas : confer French efficacité .] Efficacy. [ R.] J. Fryth.
[ Latin efficacia
, from efficax
. See Efficacious
.] Power to produce effects; operation or energy of an agent or force; production of the effect intended; as, the efficacy of medicine in counteracting disease; the efficacy of prayer.
"Of noxious efficacy
." Milton. Syn.
-- Virtue; force; energy; potency; efficiency.
Efficience, Efficiency noun
[ Latin efficientia
.] 1. The quality of being efficient or producing an effect or effects; efficient power; effectual agency.
The manner of this divine efficiency being far above us. Hooker. 2. (Mech.) The ratio of useful work to energy expended. Rankine. Efficiency of a heat engine
, the ratio of the work done by an engine, to the work due to the heat supplied to it.
[ Latin efficiens
, present participle of efficere
to effect: confer French efficient
. See Effect
] Causing effects; producing results; that makes the effect to be what it is; actively operative; not inactive, slack, or incapable; characterized by energetic and useful activity; as, an efficient officer, power.
The efficient cause is the working cause. Wilson. Syn.
-- Effective; effectual; competent; able; capable; material; potent.
Efficient noun An efficient cause; a prime mover.
God . . . moveth mere natural agents as an efficient only. Hooker.
Efficiently adverb With effect; effectively.
Effierce transitive verb [ Prefix ex- (intens.) + fierce .] To make fierce. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Effigial adjective Relating to an effigy.
Effigiate transitive verb
[ Latin effigiatus
, past participle of effigiare
to form, from effigies
. See Effigy
.] To form as an effigy; hence, to fashion; to adapt.
[ He must] effigiate and conform himself to those circumstances. Jer. Taylor.
Effigiation noun [ Confer Late Latin effigiatio .] The act of forming in resemblance; an effigy. Fuller.
[ Latin ] See Effigy . Dryden.
; plural Effigies
. [ Latin effigies
, from effingere
to form, fashion; ex
to form, shape, devise. See Feign
.] The image, likeness, or representation of a person, whether a full figure, or a part; an imitative figure; -- commonly applied to sculptured likenesses, as those on monuments, or to those of the heads of princes on coins and medals, sometimes applied to portraits. To burn
, or To hang
, in effigy
, to burn or to hang an image or picture of a person, as a token of public odium.
Efflagitate transitive verb [ Latin efflagitatus , past participle of efflagitare .] To ask urgently. [ Obsolete] Cockeram.
Efflate transitive verb [ Latin efflatus , past participle of efflare to blow or breathe out; ex + flare to blow.] To fill with breath; to puff up. Sir T. Herbert.
Efflation noun The act of filling with wind; a breathing or puffing out; a puff, as of wind.
A soft efflation of celestial fire. Parnell.
Effloresce intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Effloresced
; present participle & verbal noun Efflorescing
.] [ Latin efflorescere
to bloom, blossom; ex
to begin to blossom, incho., from florere
to blossom, from flos
a flower. See Flower
.] 1. To blossom forth. Carlyle. 2. (Chemistry) To change on the surface, or throughout, to a whitish, mealy, or crystalline powder, from a gradual decomposition, esp. from the loss of water, on simple exposure to the air; as, Glauber's salts, and many others, effloresce . 3. To become covered with a whitish crust or light crystallization, from a slow chemical change between some of the ingredients of the matter covered and an acid proceeding commonly from an external source; as, the walls of limestone caverns sometimes effloresce with nitrate of calcium in consequence of the action in consequence of nitric acid formed in the atmosphere.
Efflorescence noun [ French efflorescence .]
1. (Botany) Flowering, or state of flowering; the blooming of flowers; blowth. 2. (Medicine) A redness of the skin; eruption, as in rash, measles, smallpox, scarlatina, etc. 3. (Chemistry) (a) The formation of the whitish powder or crust on the surface of efflorescing bodies, as salts, etc. (b) The powder or crust thus formed.
Efflorescency noun The state or quality of being efflorescent; efflorescence.
[ French efflorescent
, Latin efflorescens
, blooming, present participle of efflorescere
. See Effloresce
, intransitive verb
] 1. That effloresces, or is liable to effloresce on exposure; as, an efflorescent salt. 2. Covered with an efflorescence.
Efflower transitive verb [ Confer French effleurer .] (Leather Making) To remove the epidermis of (a skin) with a concave knife, blunt in its middle part, -- as in making chamois leather.
[ Confer French effluence
.] 1. A flowing out, or emanation. 2. That which flows or issues from any body or substance; issue; efflux.
Bright effluence of bright essence increate! Milton.
And, as if the gloom of the earth and sky had been but the effluence of these two mortal hearts, it vanished with their sorrow. Hawthorne.
Effluency noun Effluence.
[ Latin effluens
, present participle of effluere
to flow out; ex
to flow: confer French effluent
. See Fluent
.] Flowing out; as, effluent beams. Parnell.
Effluent noun (Geology) A stream that flows out of another stream or lake.
Effluviable adjective Capable of being given off as an effluvium. " Effluviable matter." Boyle.