Definition of Effect

1. Noun. A phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon. "He acted very wise after the event"

2. Verb. Produce. "The scientists set up a shock wave"

3. Noun. An outward appearance. "She retained that bold effect in her reproductions of the original painting"
Exact synonyms: Impression
Generic synonyms: Appearance, Visual Aspect
Specialized synonyms: Figure, Image, Mark, Tout Ensemble
Derivative terms: Impressionistic

4. Verb. Act so as to bring into existence. "Effect a change"
Generic synonyms: Act, Move
Specialized synonyms: Bring To Bear, Carry, Backdate
Derivative terms: Effecter, Effector

5. Noun. An impression (especially one that is artificial or contrived). "He just did it for effect"
Generic synonyms: Belief, Feeling, Impression, Notion, Opinion
Specialized synonyms: Sound Effect, Special Effect

6. Noun. The central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work.
Exact synonyms: Burden, Core, Essence, Gist
Generic synonyms: Import, Meaning, Significance, Signification

7. Noun. (of a law) having legal validity. "The law is still in effect"
Exact synonyms: Force
Generic synonyms: Validity, Validness
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law

8. Noun. A symptom caused by an illness or a drug. "The effect of the anesthetic"
Generic synonyms: Symptom
Specialized synonyms: Aftereffect, Bummer, Side Effect
Derivative terms: Effectuate

Definition of Effect

1. n. Execution; performance; realization; operation; as, the law goes into effect in May.

2. v. t. To produce, as a cause or agent; to cause to be.

Definition of Effect

1. Noun. The result or outcome of a cause. ''See usage notes below.'' ¹

2. Noun. (filmology) An illusion produced by technical means (as in "special effect") ¹

3. Noun. (sound engineering) An alteration in sound after it has been produced by an instrument. ¹

4. Noun. (sound engineering) A device for producing an alteration in sound produced by an instrument. ¹

5. Noun. The state of being binding and enforceable, as in a rule, policy, or law. ¹

6. Noun. (physics lang=hy) A scientific phenomenon, usually named after its discoverer. ¹

7. Noun. (context: usually plural) Belongings, usually as personal effects. ¹

8. Verb. To make or bring about; to implement. ¹

9. Verb. (misspelling of affect) ¹

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Definition of Effect

1. to bring about [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Effect

1. The result produced by an action. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Effect

effect (current term)
effect modifier
effect modifiers
effect size
effect sizes
effective collision radius
effective conjugate

Literary usage of Effect

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke (1894)
"That which produces any simple and effect or complex idea we denote by the ... effect*. Thus, finding that in that substance 1 'The centre round which ..."

2. Physical Optics by Robert Williams Wood (1911)
"In the normal effect the number of electrons liberated increases with ... In the selective effect, which has thus far been found only in the case of the ..."

3. The Treaty Making Power of the United States by Charles Henry Butler (1902)
"321—Construction and effect of constitutional provisions to be determined by courts; President Jackson's views as to personal construction. ..."

4. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: With Strictures on Political and Moral by Mary Wollstonecraft (1891)
"THE effect WHICH AN EARLY ASSOCIATION OF IDEAS HAS UPON THE CHARACTER. ... Is it surprising, when we consider what a determinate effect an early association ..."

5. Nature and Man in America by Nathaniel Southgate Shaler (1891)
"effect of Geographic Changes. — Comparison of Asiatic and Australian Life. ... Probable effect of opening depressed Areas of the Sahara to the Sea. ..."

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