Noun Definition

effect

1.Definition: (of a law) having legal validity

"The law is still in effect"

Related Noun(s):force

Category: General

2.Definition: 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", "He acted very wise after the event"

Related Noun(s):result, consequence, event, issue, upshot, outcome

Category: General

3.Definition: a symptom caused by an illness or a drug

"The effects of sleep loss", "The effect of the anesthetic"

Category: General

4.Definition: an impression (especially one that is artificial or contrived)

"He just did it for effect"

Category: General

5.Definition: 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"

Related Noun(s):impression

Category: General

6.Definition: the central meaning or theme of a speech or literary work

Related Noun(s):burden, gist, core, essence

Category: General