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Definition of "effervesce" [ef•fer•vesce]

  • To emit small bubbles of gas, as a carbonated or fermenting liquid. (verb-intransitive)
  • To escape from a liquid as bubbles; bubble up. (verb-intransitive)
  • To show high spirits or animation. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "effervesce" in a sentence
  • "And yet, as every TV executive knows to his everlasting regret, it's not so simple as just sending out a junior casting suit for a little browsing and sluicing through a cattle call, to round up a herd of people who, when confronted by a lens, began to effervesce to an extraordinary extent."
  • "In this case, the gas can effervesce out of the oil, aerosolizing it into tiny droplets, much the way a fine mist emerges from the top of an aerosol can."
  • "The tablet will cause the water to bubble or effervesce."