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Definition of "effusion" []

  • The act or an instance of effusing. (noun)
  • Liquid or other matter poured forth. (noun)
  • An unrestrained outpouring of feeling, as in speech or writing: "the devout effusions of sacred eloquence” ( Edmund Burke). (noun)
  • Pathology The seeping of serous, purulent, or bloody fluid into a body cavity or tissue. (noun)
  • Pathology The effused fluid. (noun)

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 "effusion" in a sentence
  • "But the real pleasure of this posthumous effusion is the sheer joy the author evinces in showing off generous measures of tendentiousness and his undoubted historiographical bona fides."
  • "Albertine, a harshness which substituted for the original love a new love composed of pity, emotion, of the need of effusion, which is only a variant of the former love, that is not to be found also in this scene:"
  • "Pleurisy, with effusion, which is to be considered of tuberculous origin if no other cause can be proved."