A Word A Day : Effervescence

Tuesday, 11th September 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Noun )

Pronunciation : ef-er-vesa-nse

1. To emit small bubbles of gas, as a carbonated or fermenting liquid

2. To escape from a liquid as bubbles

3. To show high spirits or animation

4. The bubbling of a solution due to the escape of gas

5. The property of giving off bubbles

6. Inner Excitement, Showing High Spirits


Latin effervscere : ex-, up, out, see ex- + fervscere, to start boiling, inchoative of fervre, to boil; see bhreu- in Indo-European roots


1. Frothiness

2. Bubbliness

3. Gaseousness

4. Exuberance


1. Inactivity

2. Sleepiness

Contextual Example:

• This effervescence made her flit with a bird-like movement, rather than walk by her mother's side.

• It is the bribe for living, the champagne of the blood, the effervescence of the ferment--that makes some men think holy thoughts.

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