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English Dictionary: effect by the DICT Development Group
3 results for effect
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. 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"
    Synonym(s): consequence, effect, outcome, result, event, issue, upshot
  2. 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"
    Synonym(s): impression, effect
  3. an impression (especially one that is artificial or contrived); "he just did it for effect"
  4. the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
    Synonym(s): effect, essence, burden, core, gist
  5. (of a law) having legal validity; "the law is still in effect"
    Synonym(s): effect, force
  6. a symptom caused by an illness or a drug; "the effects of sleep loss"; "the effect of the anesthetic"
  1. produce; "The scientists set up a shock wave" [syn: effect, effectuate, set up]
  2. act so as to bring into existence; "effect a change"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Effect \Ef*fect"\, n. [L. effectus, fr. efficere, effectum, to
      effect; ex + facere to make: cf. F. effet, formerly also
      spelled effect. See {Fact}.]
      1. 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.                                                   --Shak.
      2. Manifestation; expression; sign.
                     All the large effects That troop with majesty.
      3. 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.                                          --Whewell.
      4. Impression left on the mind; sensation produced.
                     Patchwork . . . introduced for oratorical effect.
                                                                              --J. C.
                     The effect was heightened by the wild and lonely
                     nature of the place.                           --W. Irving.
      5. Power to produce results; efficiency; force; importance;
            account; as, to speak with effect.
      6. Consequence intended; purpose; meaning; general intent; --
            with to.
                     They spake to her to that effect.      --2 Chron.
                                                                              xxxiv. 22.
      7. The purport; the sum and substance. [bd]The effect of his
            intent.[b8] --Chaucer.
      8. Reality; actual meaning; fact, as distinguished from mere
                     No other in effect than what it seems. --Denham.
      9. pl. Goods; movables; personal estate; -- sometimes used to
            embrace real as well as personal property; as, the people
            escaped from the town with their effects.
      {For effect}, for an exaggerated impression or excitement.
      {In effect}, in fact; in substance. See 8, above.
      {Of no effect}, {Of none effect}, {To no effect}, [or]
      {Without effect}, destitute of results, validity, force, and
            the like; vain; fruitless. [bd]Making the word of God of
            none effect through your tradition.[b8] --Mark vii. 13.
            [bd]All my study be to no effect.[b8] --Shak.
      {To give effect to}, to make valid; to carry out in practice;
            to push to its results.
      {To take effect}, to become operative, to accomplish aims.
      Syn: {Effect}, {Consequence}, {Result}.
      Usage: These words indicate things which arise out of some
                  antecedent, or follow as a consequent. Effect, which
                  may be regarded as the generic term, denotes that
                  which springs directly from something which can
                  properly be termed a cause. A consequence is more
                  remote, not being strictly caused, nor yet a mere
                  sequence, but following out of and following
                  indirectly, or in the train of events, something on
                  which it truly depends. A result is still more remote
                  and variable, like the rebound of an elastic body
                  which falls in very different directions. We may
                  foresee the effects of a measure, may conjecture its
                  consequences, but can rarely discover its final
                           Resolving all events, with their effects And
                           manifold results, into the will And arbitration
                           wise of the Supreme.                     --Cowper.
                           Shun the bitter consequence, for know, The day
                           thou eatest thereof, . . . thou shalt die.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Effect \Ef*fect"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Effected}; p. pr. & vb.
      n. {Effecting}.]
      1. To produce, as a cause or agent; to cause to be.
                     So great a body such exploits to effect. --Daniel.
      2. To bring to pass; to execute; to enforce; to achieve; to
                     To effect that which the divine counsels had
                     decreed.                                             --Bp. Hurd.
                     They sailed away without effecting their purpose.
                                                                              --Jowett (Th.
      Syn: To accomplish; fulfill; achieve; complete; execute;
               perform; attain. See {Accomplish}.
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