• WordNet 3.6
    • v effect produce "The scientists set up a shock wave"
    • v effect act so as to bring into existence "effect a change"
    • n effect an outward appearance "he made a good impression","I wanted to create an impression of success","she retained that bold effect in her reproductions of the original painting"
    • n effect (of a law) having legal validity "the law is still in effect"
    • n effect an impression (especially one that is artificial or contrived) "he just did it for effect"
    • n effect the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
    • n effect a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon "the magnetic effect was greater when the rod was lengthwise","his decision had depressing consequences for business","he acted very wise after the event"
    • n effect a symptom caused by an illness or a drug "the effects of sleep loss","the effect of the anesthetic"
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Effect of Gladstonianism. Balfourism. Healyism Effect of Gladstonianism. Balfourism. Healyism

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It has been medically been proven that laughter is an effective pain killer
    • Effect Consequence intended; purpose; meaning; general intent; -- with to. "They spake to her to that effect ."
    • Effect Execution; performance; realization; operation; as, the law goes into effect in May. "That no compunctious visitings of nature
      Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between
      The effect and it."
    • Effect Goods; movables; personal estate; -- sometimes used to embrace real as well as personal property; as, the people escaped from the town with their effects . "Resolving all events, with their effects And manifold results , into the will
      And arbitration wise of the Supreme."
      "Shun the bitter consequence , for know,
      The day thou eatest thereof, . . . thou shalt die."
    • Effect Impression left on the mind; sensation produced. "Patchwork . . . introduced for oratorical effect .""The effect was heightened by the wild and lonely nature of the place."
    • Effect In general: That which is produced by an agent or cause; the event which follows immediately from an antecedent, called the cause; result; consequence; outcome; fruit; as, the effect of luxury. "The effect is the unfailing index of the amount of the cause."
    • Effect Manifestation; expression; sign. "All the large effects That troop with majesty."
    • Effect Power to produce results; efficiency; force; importance; account; as, to speak with effect .
    • Effect Reality; actual meaning; fact, as distinguished from mere appearance. "No other in effect than what it seems."
    • Effect The purport; the sum and substance. "The effect of his intent."
    • Effect To bring to pass; to execute; to enforce; to achieve; to accomplish. "To effect that which the divine counsels had decreed.""They sailed away without effecting their purpose."
    • Effect To produce, as a cause or agent; to cause to be. "So great a body such exploits to effect ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Passion fruits have a tranquilizing effect on the body
    • effect To produce as a result; be the cause or agent of; bring about; make actual; achieve: as, to effect a political revolution, or a change of government.
    • effect To bring to a desired end; bring to pass; execute; accomplish; fulfil: as, to effect a purpose, or one's desires.
    • effect Synonyms To realize, fulfil, complete, compass, consummate; Affect, Effect. See affect.
    • effect Execute, Accomplish, etc. See perform.
    • n effect That which is effected by an efficient cause; a consequent; more generally, the result of any kind of cause except a final cause: as, the effect of heat.
    • n effect Power to produce consequnces or results; force; validity; account: as, the obligation is void and of no effect.
    • n effect Purport; import or general intent: as, he immediately wrote to that effect; his speech was to the effect that, etc.
    • n effect A state or course of accomplishment or fulfilment; effectuation; achievement; operation: as, to bring a plan into effect; the medicine soon took effect.
    • n effect Actual fact; reality; not mere appearance: preceded by in.
    • n effect Mental impression; general result upon the mind of what is apprehended by any of the faculties: as, the effect of a view, or of a picture.
    • n effect pl. [After F. effets, effects, chattels, effets mobiliers, movable property; cf. effect, a bill, bill of exchange, effets publics, stocks, funds.] Goods; movables; personal estate. In law: Property; whatever can be turned into money.
    • n effect The conclusion; the dénouement of a story.
    • n effect Goods, Chattels, etc. See property.
    • n effect In art, an accidental or unusual combination of colors, lights, or forms which especially excite the interest of a painter and form a suitable motive or key in painting or etching.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear. Any cup-shaped object placed over the ear produces the same effect.
    • n Effect ef-fekt′ the result of an action: impression produced: reality: the consequence intended:
    • v.t Effect to produce: to accomplish
    • n Effect ef-fekt′ (pl.) goods: property
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  • Michael Leboeuf
    Michael Leboeuf
    “The ultimate goal of a more effective and efficient life is to provide you with enough time to enjoy some of it.”
  • L. Ron Hubbard
    L. Ron Hubbard
    “A person is either the effect of his environment or is able to have an effect upon his environment.”
  • Herbert Spencer
    “The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly, is to fill the world with fools.”
  • Hosea Ballou
    “The oppression of any people for opinion's sake has rarely had any other effect than to fix those opinions deeper, and render them more important.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “Grace in women has more effect than beauty.”
  • Adlai E. Stevenson
    “Laws are never as effective as habits.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. effectus, fr. efficere, effectum, to effect; ex, + facere, to make: cf. F. effet, formerly also spelled effect,. See Fact
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. efficĕre, effectum, to accomplish—ex, out, facĕre, to make.


In literature:

The same effect would obviously follow any effective legal interference with company-promoting of this order.
"The Evolution of Modern Capitalism" by John Atkinson Hobson
His daughter's grief seemed to have no effect on him whatever.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
Mental Effects of Solitude.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
But centuries elapsed before this could be effected.
"A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6)" by Leopold von Ranke
In these cases fertilisation was effected only by the aid of a distinct species.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
This law effects this result.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
The fatal effects of mineral poisons are too often experienced, and for want of timely assistance but seldom counteracted.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Then from the English point of view there was the possible effect upon the Mohammedan throughout the British Empire.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
They will know what the effect of this will be.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Effect of Adding Too Much Water.
"The Automobile Storage Battery" by O. A. Witte

In poetry:

At logic few with him could vie;
To his peculiar sect
He could propose a fallacy
With singular effect.
"The Two Ogres" by William Schwenck Gilbert
It bringeth good, it bringeth ill,
As he possessing shall elect.
He maketh it of none effect
Who walketh not within thy will.
"Invocation" by Ambrose Bierce
Else should our souls in vain elect,
And vainer yet were heaven's laws,
When to an everlasting cause
They gave a perishing effect.
"An Ode Upon a Question Moved, Whether Love Should Continue Forever" by Lord Edward Herbert of Cherbury
Next, what by law I'm bound unto,
The same the gospel makes me do:
What preceptively that can crave;
This effectively can ingrave.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
In grand effect they still are living,
Unblurred by age or flight of time;
And unto earth are ever giving
Lessons, wondrous and sublime.
"Admonition" by James Madison Bell
All that by precepts Heav'n expects,
Free grace by promises effects:
To what the law by fear may move,
To that the gospel leads by love.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine

In news:

Mayo Clinic researchers saw improvements, no side effects.
IN EFFECT UNTIL NOV 14, 1:00 p.m. Photo by Michael Zamora, Corpus Christi Caller-Times.
Effect of intravenous iron dextran on rheumatoid synovitis.
Political cartoons on Canadian-American relations, found in Canadian newspapers from 1864 to the present, use analogies as the "hook" to attract the viewer's attention and effectively make a point.
The Overlooked Device in Effective Political Cartoons.
IN EFFECT UNTIL SEP 1, 10:00 p.m.
Published literature on buffering suggests this increases the effectiveness of anesthetic and hastens the onset of anesthesia .
They may cause local or systemic side effects, especially if they are used excessively.
The negative effects of low birthweight on the later health of children in developing countries have been well studied.
Possible study of anthrax vaccine 's effectiveness in children stirs debate.
Most Treasure Coast teachers rated 'effective' or ' highly effective'.
Most Lake teachers earn 'effective' or ' highly effective' ratings under controversial new system.
Only "highly effective" and "effective" teachers earn raises.
The triptans are well established as effective treatments for migraine , but the specific mechanisms responsible for their therapeutic effects remain unknown.
"Effective management of AF and unexplained syncope starts with effective monitoring ," said Professor Haverkamp.

In science:

The RG picture suggests that in the IAF phase the typical excitations at low energies ω are classical domain wall excitations that live on the effective bonds with weak effective couplings ˜J z ∼ ω .
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
The system is then frozen into the subspace in which spin 2 and this effective spin1 ob ject are coupled together to form an effective spin1/2 ob ject which we label s2 for consistency of notation.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
The low-energy effective degrees of freedom of such a segment are two half-spins localized near the two edges of the segment—these are the spin-1/2’s of the effective model.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
IVB: The average spin autocorrelation at large time τ is dominated by the (rare) spins that belong to the rare strongly coupled clusters (Griffiths regions) with low effective “flipping rates” (i.e., effective transverse fields) smaller than ω ∼ 1/τ .
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
S zz (k , ω ) ∼ where |µ0 (k)|2 (Γ) is the average modulus squared of the effective magnetic moment at wavevector k for the clusters that are being eliminated at scale Γ; for a given cluster c, this effective moment is defined as µc (k) = Pj∈c eikxj .
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points