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spoken English24.95%written English75.05% conversational speech10.48%task-oriented speech89.52% imaginative writing16.8%informational writing83.2%
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Definition of the noun effect

What does effect mean as a name of something?

Effect is one of the top 100 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 100 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: effects

  1. a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon
    • example: the magnetic effect was greater when the rod was lengthwise
    • lexical domain: Natural Phenomena - nouns denoting natural phenomena
    • synonyms of effect: consequence / event / issue / outcome / result / upshot
    • more generic word: phenomenon = any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning
    • more specific terms:
      • materialisation / materialization / offspring = something that comes into existence as a result
      • aftereffect = any result that follows its cause after an interval
      • aftermath / backwash / wake = the consequences of an event
      • bandwagon effect = the phenomenon of a popular trend attracting even greater popularity
      • brisance = the shattering or crushing effect of a sudden release of energy as in an explosion
      • butterfly effect = the phenomenon whereby a small change at one place in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere, e.g., a butterfly flapping its wings in Rio de Janeiro might change the weather in Chicago
      • by-product / byproduct = a secondary and sometimes unexpected consequence
      • change = the result of alteration or modification
      • coattails effect = the consequence of one popular candidate in an election drawing votes for other members of the same political party
      • Coriolis effect = an effect whereby a body moving in a rotating frame of reference experiences the Coriolis force acting perpendicular to the direction of motion and to the axis of rotation
      • dent = an appreciable consequence
      • domino effect = the consequence of one event setting off a chain of similar events
      • harvest = the consequence of an effort or activity
      • impact / wallop = a forceful consequence
      • influence = the effect of one thing (or person) on another
      • knock-on effect = a secondary or incidental effect
      • outgrowth / offshoot / branch / offset = a natural consequence of development
      • product = a consequence of someone's efforts or of a particular set of circumstances
      • placebo effect = any effect that seems to be a consequence of administering a placebo; the change is usually beneficial and is assumed result from the person's faith in the treatment or preconceptions about what the experimental drug was supposed to do
      • position effect = the effect on the expression of a gene that is produced by changing its location in a chromosome
      • reverberation / repercussion = a remote or indirect consequence of some action
      • response = a result
      • side effect / fallout = any adverse and unwanted secondary effect
      • spillover = any indirect effect of public expenditure
  2. an outward appearance
    • example: she retained that bold effect in her reproductions of the original painting
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of effect: impression
    • more generic terms: appearance / visual aspect = outward or visible aspect of a person or thing
    • more specific terms:
      • figure = the impression produced by a person
      • image = the general impression that something (a person or organization or product) presents to the public
      • mark = the impression created by doing something unusual or extraordinary that people notice and remember
      • tout ensemble = a total impression or effect of something made up of individual parts
  3. an impression (especially one that is artificial or contrived)
    • example: he just did it for effect
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic words: belief / feeling / impression / notion / opinion = a vague idea in which some confidence is placed
    • more specific terms:
      • sound effect = an effect that imitates a sound called for in the script of a play
      • special effect = an effect used to produce scenes that cannot be achieved by normal techniques
  4. the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work
  5. (of a law) having legal validity
    • example: the law is still in effect
    • domain: jurisprudence / law
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of effect: force
    • more generic words: validity / validness = the quality of having legal force or effectiveness
  6. a symptom caused by an illness or a drug
    • examples: the effects of sleep loss | the effect of the anesthetic
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic word: symptom = any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
    • more specific terms:
      • aftereffect = a delayed effect of a drug or therapy
      • bummer = a bad reaction to a hallucinogenic drug
      • side effect = a secondary and usually adverse effect of a drug or therapy

Alternative definition of the noun effect


  1. The result or outcome of a cause. See usage notes below.
  2. [filmology] An illusion produced by technical means (as in "special effect")
  3. [sound engineering] An alteration in sound after it has been produced by an instrument.
  4. [sound engineering] A device for producing an alteration in sound produced by an instrument.
  5. The state of being binding and enforceable, as in a rule, policy, or law.
  6. [physics, lang=hy] A scientific phenomenon, usually named after its discoverer.
  7. [context: usually plural] Belongings, usually as personal effects.

Definition of the verb effect

What does effect mean as a doing word?

Effect is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: effected | effecting | effects

  1. produce
  2. act so as to bring into existence
    • example: effect a change
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • more generic words: act / move = perform an action, or work out or perform
    • more specific terms:

Alternative definition of the verb effect


  1. To make or bring about; to implement.


"EFFECT" is a composition.


effect: The different coat color effects that can be created by combinations of alleles at this locus.

Phrases with effect

  1. Effect size
  2. in effect
  3. Fano Effect
  4. Frey Effect
  5. Hall effect
  6. Kerr effect
  7. Lake Effect
  8. side effect
  9. skin effect
  10. take effect
  11. After-Effect
  12. Allee Effect
  13. Auger Effect
  14. Bruce Effect
  15. Field effect
  16. Flynn Effect
  17. Lotus effect
  18. Nader Effect
  19. piezo effect
  20. Pinch Effect

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for effect

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Google previewStudy Guide for Mankiw's Principles of Microeconomics, 6th (2011)

by Mankiw, N. Gregory

The income effect is the change in consumption that results when a price change moves the consumer to a higher or lower indifference curve. The substitution effect is the change in consumption that results when a price change moves the ...

Google previewHall Effect Devices, Second Edition (2003)

by R.S. Popovic

The Hall effect is the generation of a transverse electromotive force in a sample carrying an electric current and exposed to a...

Google previewAn Introduction to State Space Time Series Analysis (2007)

by Jacques J. F. Commandeur, Siem Jan Koopman

One possible effect is that of a level shift, where the value of the level of the time series suddenly changes at the time point where the intervention took place, and where the level change is permanent after the intervention. A second possible ...

Google previewYeasts in Food and Beverages (2006)

by Amparo Querol, Graham H. Fleet

The Crabtree effect refers to the occurrence of alcoholic fermentation (rather than respiration) of glucose under aerobic conditions.

Google previewSuggestibility in Legal Contexts (2012)

Psychological Research and Forensic Implications by Anne M. Ridley, Fiona Gabbert, David J. La Rooy

The misinformation effect is the finding that misleading post-event suggestions introduced after an eyewitness event are...

Google previewGranular Nanoelectronics (1991)

by David Ferry, John R. Barker, Carlo Jacoboni

The Aharonov-Bohm effect refers to oscillations in the conductance governed by the addition to the system of a single...

The Aharonov-Bohm effect is a quantum interference effect which results from the influence of the vector potential on the ...

Google previewSchaum's Outline of Pharmacology (2010)

by Jim Keogh

A medication's therapeutic effect is a desirable effect of the medication; it is the reason the healthcare provider...

An adverse side effect is an undesirable effect of the medication that is harmful to the patient, such as when healthy cells are ...

Google previewPerceiving Geometry (2005)

Geometrical Illusions Explained by Natural Scene Statistics by Catherine Q. Howe, Dale Purves

THE MULLER-LYER ILLUSION The Miiller-Lyer effect is the arguably best known of the classical geometrical illusions, having been...

Google previewSmall Animal Critical Care Medicine (2008)

by Deborah Silverstein, Kate Hopper

The overall effect is a strong increase in cardiac contractility but little change in heart rate and systemic vascular...

The expected net effect is an increase in cardiac contractility and heart rate with a mild increase in systemic vascular resistance.

Google previewOrder from Force (2015)

A Natural History of the Vacuum by Jeffrey H Williams

The Kerr effect is a means of imposing order on a collection of molecules (just as a magnetic field imposes order on iron filings, see section 4.2). The applied electric field imposes an ordered, crystallike structure on an initially structureless ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Public Health (2016)

Anticonvulsants Y Drug's effect Levodopa Y Drug's effect Hydralazine Y Vitamin Theophylline Y Vitamin ...

Google previewSubject Headings Used in the Dictionary Catalogs of the Library of Congress [from 1897 Through June 1964] (1966)

by Library of Congress. Subject Cataloging Division

xx Agricultural machinery Plants t — Bacteriology sa Bacteria, Phytopathogenic — Frost resistance t xx Plants, Effect of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Behavioral Neuroscience (2010)

Diagnoses Effect size Test stat Comments Cornelius, 1997 Fluoxetine MDE; EtOH ...

Google previewMultilingual Lexical Recognition in the Mental Lexicon of Third Language Users (2014)

by Weronika Szubko-Sitarek

Effect. in. Multilingual. Word. Recognition. 5.1. Introduction. The foregoing chapters have been devoted to the discussion of various issues related to multilingual processing. Theoretical in nature, they have concentrated on three main areas: ...

Google previewDictionary of Ecodesign (2010)

An Illustrated Reference by Ken Yeang, Lillian Woo

Photoelectric effect In 1839, at the age of 19, French physicist Edmond Becquerel discovered that certain materials would produce small amounts of electric current when exposed to sunlight – but it took scientists almost 75 years to analyze ...

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Usage statistics about effect

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Usage statistics for the noun effect:

spoken English24.95%written English75.05% conversational speech10.48%task-oriented speech89.52% imaginative writing16.8%informational writing83.2%

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Sign Language: Ripple Effect

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Quotes about effect

Injuries, when treated with contempt, vanish and have no effect. If you show anger their effect would appear to be acknowledged.
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Scrabble value of E1F4F4E1C3T1

The value of this 6-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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