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being effective without wasting time or effort or expense
"an efficient production manager"; "efficient engines save gas"
able to accomplish a purpose; functioning effectively
"people who will do nothing unless they get something out of it for themselves are often highly effective persons..."-G.B.Shaw; "effective personnel"; "an efficient secretary"; "the efficient cause of the revolution"
Making good, thorough, or careful use of resources; not consuming extra. Especially, making good use of time or energy.
Using a particular proportion of available energy.
The motor is only 20% efficient at that temperature.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Causing effects; that which makes the effect to be what it is.
Your answering in the final cause, makes me believe you are at a loss for the efficient. Jeremy Collier, on Thought.
Etymology: efficius, Latin.
God, which moveth meer natural agents as an efficient only, doth otherwise move intellectual creatures, and especially his holy angels. Richard Hooker, b. i. s. 3.
Observations of the order of nature are of use to carry the mind up to the admiration of the great efficient of the world. Matthew Hale, Origin of Mankind.
Efficiency is the extent to which time or effort is well used for the intended task or purpose.
causing effects; producing results; that makes the effect to be what it is; actively operative; not inactive, slack, or incapable; characterized by energetic and useful activity; as, an efficient officer, power
an efficient cause; a prime mover
Efficient is a grey Thoroughbred racehorse gelding, bred in New Zealand, who won the 2007 Melbourne Cup, ridden by Michael Rodd, and the 2006 Victoria Derby. Efficient was by the outstanding sire Zabeel from the mare Refused The Dance by Defensive Play. He is a half brother to Guillotine, winner of the 2008 MVRC Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes. In his first campaign in the spring of 2006 he put together five consecutive wins including the Group 2 Aami Vase at Moonee Valley and ending with a win in the VRC Derby by 2½ lengths. Following his Derby win Efficient was entered into the Melbourne Cup field, run three days later. However, he did not pull up well enough and so was scratched from the race and spelled instead. Returning in the autumn Efficient had a very light campaign of just two starts. In the 1,400 metre Group 3 Schweppervescence Cup he finished fourth behind Haradasun and fifth behind Miss Finland in the Group One Australian Guineas over 1,600 metres. As a four year old in the Spring of 2007 Efficient resumed in the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield and ran 10th beaten 7 lengths. At his next start he ran fourth in the Group 2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes behind El Segundo and Haradasun. He then ran unplaced in the 2,000 metre Group 1 Turnbull Stakes. Three weeks later Efficient lined up in the Weight for Age Group 1 Cox Plate over 2,040 metres at Moonee Valley where he finished 9th beaten 6½ lengths by the winner El Segundo. Efficient's next start was the Melbourne Cup, his first start in a handicap race since his first campaign. He dropped 3 kg from the Cox Plate run to carry 54.5 kg. Due to his poor recent form he was sent out a 16-1 chance. Reunited with jockey Michael Rodd for the first time since their 2006 Victoria Derby win, Efficient settled back in the field and travelled well. He was pulled to the outside to make a run and in the closing stages Efficient went on to defeat Purple Moon by half a length.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ef-fish′ent, adj. capable of producing the desired result: effective.—n. the person or thing that effects.—ns. Effi′cience, Effi′ciency, power to produce the result intended, adequate fitness.—adv. Effi′ciently. [Fr.,—L. efficiens, -entis, pr.p. of efficĕre—ex, out, facĕre, to make.]
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
A thoroughly trained and capable soldier. It is also a term used in connection with the volunteers. A volunteer is said to be efficient when he has performed the appointed number of drills and fired the regular number of rounds at the target, in the course of the year.
Perform, act or function in a focused and effective manner with moderate effort at superluminal speed.
The train service is efficient, peaceful and enjoyed by all the passengers who are grateful for the service provided by the train companies.
Submitted by MaryC on January 29, 2015
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Rank popularity for the word 'efficient' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2959
Rank popularity for the word 'efficient' in Adjectives Frequency: #339
The numerical value of efficient in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of efficient in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Examples of efficient in a Sentence
Producers in the United States are very efficient at producing pigs, and they are producing a lot of them right now.
Engineering is the professional and systematic application of science to the efficient utilization of natural resources to produce wealth.
The truth is the hedge funds, many of the giant corporations love the fact that markets are not efficient, they love being able to manipulate these markets because they get better returns and individual investors lose out.
Success is not being the best at what you do, it's reinventing the way it's done making it fresh, new and more efficient.
I started being interested in screams when a friend of mine told me that the sound of his newborn's screams was literally hijacking his brain, and I wondered what makes screams so efficient as an alarm signal.
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- ефективен, ефикасен, резултатенBulgarian
- eficientCatalan, Valencian
- efektivní, účinnýCzech
- eficiente, eficazSpanish
- tehokas, hyötysuhdeFinnish
- èifeachdachScottish Gaelic
- hatékony, gazdaságosHungarian
- nýtinn, skilvirkurIcelandic
- efficiënt, doeltreffendDutch
- hiệu quảVietnamese
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