1. A conclusion derived through logic; inference
2. Something produced by a cause or necessarily following from a set of conditions
3. Importance with respect to power to produce an effect
4. Social importance
5. The appearance of importance; especially; self-importance
ETYM Latin effectus, from efficere, effectum, to effect; ex + facere to make: cf. French effet, formerly also spelled effect. Related to Fact.
1. A result or consequence.
2. A symptom caused by an illness or a drug.
3. An impression (especially one that is artificial or contrived).
4. The central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work; SYN. essence, burden, core, gist.
5. (Of a law) Having legal validity; SYN. force.
6. Result; ability to produce a result; impression produced on a spectator, auditor etc.
ETYM French épilogue, Latin epilogus, from Greek, conclusion, from epilegein to say in addition; epi upon, besides + legein to say. Related to Legend.
1. A short passage added at the end of a literary work; SYN. epilog.
2. A short speech (often in verse) addressed directly to the audience by an actor at the end of a play; SYN. epilog.
Postscript to a book; a short speech or poem at the end of a play, addressed directly to the audience.
ETYM Old Fren. issue, eissue, French issue, from Old Fren. issir, eissir, to go out, Latin exire.
1. An important question that is in dispute and must be settled.
2. One of a series published periodically; SYN. number.
3. Supplies (as food or clothing or ammunition) issued by the government; SYN. military issue, government issue.
4. The act of issuing printed materials; SYN. publication.
5. The provision of something by issuing it (usually in quantity); SYN. issuing, issuance.
ETYM Latin operatio: cf. French opération.
1. A process or series of acts especially of a practical or mechanical nature involved in a particular form of work; SYN. procedure.
2. An act or process or manner of functioning or operating:; SYN. functioning, performance.
3. The state of being in effect or being operative.
4. A therapeutic procedure with instruments to repair damage or arrest disease in a living body; SYN. surgical operation, surgical procedure, surgery.
5. A business especially one run on a large scale; they paid taxes on every stage of the operatiothey had to consolidate their operationsthe biggest police operation in French historrunning a restaurant is quite an operatioconsolidate the companies various operationsit was a joint operation of the navy and air forceit can perform millions of operations per second.
ETYM Latin productus, p. pr. of producere. Related to Produce.
1. A consequence of someone's efforts or of a particular set of circumstances.
2. The amount of a good that has been produced by someone or some process; SYN. production.
3. A quantity obtained by multiplication; SYN. mathematical product.
4. A chemical substance formed as a result of a chemical reaction.
ETYM Latin sequela, from sequit to follow: cf. French séquelle a following. Related to Sue to follow.
1. A part added to a book or play that continues and extends it; SYN. continuation.
2. Something that follows something else; SYN. subsequence.
ETYM French séquence, Latin sequentia, from sequens. Related to Sequent.
1. A following of one thing after another in time; SYN. chronological sequence, succession, successiveness, chronological succession.
2. A succession of related shots that develop a given subject in a film; SYN. episode.
3. Arrangement in which things follow in logical order or a recurrent pattern.
4. Several repetitions of a melodic phrase in different keys.
In music, a device allowing key modulation favored by early keyboard composers in which a phrase is repeated sequentially, each time transposing to a different key.