1. a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon
- the magnetic effect was greater when the rod was lengthwise
Definition categories: phenomenon
2. an outward appearance
- she retained that bold effect in her reproductions of the original painting
Similar word(s): impression
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
5. (of a law) having legal validity
- the law is still in effect
Similar word(s): force
6. a symptom caused by an illness or a drug
- the effects of sleep loss
- the effect of the anesthetic
Sentences with effect as a noun:
- The effect of the hurricane was a devastated landscape.
- The effect of flying was most convincing.
- I use an echo effect here to make the sound more mysterious.
- I just bought a couple of great effects.
- The new law will come into effect on the first day of next year.
- Doppler effect