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  4  definitions  found 
 
  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. 
  --Shak. 
 
  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. 
  Shairp 
 
  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.  ``The  effect  of  his 
  intent.''  --Chaucer. 
 
  8.  Reality;  actual  meaning;  fact  as  distinguished  from  mere 
  appearance. 
 
  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.  ``Making  the  word  of  God  of  none  effect 
  through  your  tradition.''  --Mark  vii.  13.  ``All  my  study 
  be  to  no  effect.''  --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. 
  --Shak. 
 
  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 
  results. 
 
  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. 
  --Milton. 
 
  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 
  accomplish. 
 
  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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  effect 
  n  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"  [syn:  {consequence},  {outcome}, 
  {result},  {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"  [syn:  {impression}] 
  3:  a  symptom  caused  by  an  illness  or  a  drug;  "the  effects  of 
  sleep  loss";  "the  effect  of  the  anesthetic" 
  4:  an  impression  (especially  one  that  is  artificial  or 
  contrived);  "he  just  did  it  for  effect" 
  5:  (of  a  law)  having  legal  validity;  "the  law  is  still  in 
  effect"  [syn:  {force}] 
  6:  the  central  meaning  or  theme  of  a  speech  or  literary  work 
  [syn:  {essence},  {burden},  {core},  {gist}] 
  v  1:  cause  to  happen  or  occur;  "The  scientists  set  up  a 
  shockwave"  [syn:  {effectuate},  {bring  about},  {set  up}] 
  2:  act  so  as  to  bring  about  "effect  a  change";  "carry  out  a 
  reform"  [syn:  {carry  out}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  EFFECT,  n.  The  second  of  two  phenomena  which  always  occur  together  in 
  the  same  order  The  first  called  a  Cause  is  said  to  generate  the 
  other  --  which  is  no  more  sensible  than  it  would  be  for  one  who  has 
  never  seen  a  dog  except  in  the  pursuit  of  a  rabbit  to  declare  the 
  rabbit  the  cause  of  a  dog. 
 
 




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