What does effloresce mean?

Definitions for effloresceˌɛf ləˈrɛs

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word effloresce.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. effloresce, burst forth(verb)

    come into or as if into flower

    "These manifestations effloresced in the past"

  2. crystallize, crystalize, crystalise, effloresce(verb)

    assume crystalline form; become crystallized

  3. effloresce(verb)

    become encrusted with crystals due to evaporation


  1. effloresce(Verb)

    To burst into bloom; to flower.

  2. effloresce(Verb)

    To change from being crystalline to being powdery by losing water of crystallization.

  3. effloresce(Verb)

    To become covered with powder.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Effloresce(verb)

    to blossom forth

  2. Effloresce(verb)

    to change on the surface, or throughout, to a whitish, mealy, or crystalline powder, from a gradual decomposition, esp. from the loss of water, on simple exposure to the air; as, Glauber's salts, and many others, effloresce

  3. Effloresce(verb)

    to become covered with a whitish crust or light crystallization, from a slow chemical change between some of the ingredients of the matter covered and an acid proceeding commonly from an external source; as, the walls of limestone caverns sometimes effloresce with nitrate of calcium in consequence of the action in consequence of nitric acid formed in the atmosphere

  4. Origin: [L. efflorescere to bloom, blossom; ex + florescere to begin to blossom, incho., fr. florere to blossom, fr. flos a flower. See Flower.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Effloresce

    ef-flo-res′, v.i. to blossom forth: (chem.) to become covered with a white dust: to form minute crystals.—ns. Efflores′cence, Efflores′cency, production of flowers: the time of flowering: a redness of the skin: the formation of a white powder on the surface of bodies, or of minute crystals.—adj. Efflores′cent, forming a white dust on the surface: shooting into white threads. [L. efflorescĕreex, out, florescĕre, to blossom—flos, floris, a flower.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of effloresce in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of effloresce in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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