Definition of Efficient

1. Adjective. Being effective without wasting time or effort or expense. "Efficient engines save gas"




2. Adjective. Able to accomplish a purpose; functioning effectively. "The efficient cause of the revolution"
Exact synonyms: Effective
Similar to: Competent
Derivative terms: Effect, Effectiveness, Effectivity

Definition of Efficient

1. a. 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.

2. n. An efficient cause; a prime mover.

Definition of Efficient

1. Adjective. Making good, thorough, or careful use of resources; not consuming extra. Especially, making good use of time or energy. ¹

2. Adjective. Using a particular proportion of available energy. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Efficient

1. [adj]

Medical Definition of Efficient

1. Serving as or characteristic of an immediate agent in the production of an event, causally productive. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Efficient

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Literary usage of Efficient

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1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"This axiom is to be understood of causes efficient in act, and of effects related to them not only in becoming but also in being (op. cit., II, xxxv). ..."

2. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1910)
"Then James Dana published an Examination (Boston, 1770) which urged with persistent force the position that upon Edwards' basis the only efficient causation ..."

3. A Manual of Marine Engineering: Comprising the Designing, Construction, and by Albert Edward Seaton (1890)
"It will be easily seen that the above co-efficient only expresses a relation ... Now, if a co-efficient be obtained by comparing the displacement with the ..."

4. Bulletin by Federal Board for Vocational Education, United States (1917)
"IMPORTANCE OF AN efficient USE OF FUNDS. Wherever Federal money is used the State board should make certain that it reimburses only for efficient work.1 For ..."

5. Journal of the American Chemical Societyby American Chemical Society by American Chemical Society (1903)
""An efficient Asbestos or Graphite Muffle," by JM Pickel and CB Williams. Immediately upon adjournment of the Section, Dr. Charles Baskerville tendered the ..."

6. Oecd Economic Surveys by OECD Economic Surveys (1975)
"Regulation: The efficient-firm standard With the exception of high-voltage electricity transmission and retailing for regulated customers, monopolies are ..."

7. The Harvard Classics by Charles William Eliot (1909)
"PART IV SECTION I.—OF THE efficient CAUSE OF THE SUBLIME AND BEAUTIFUL WHEN I say I intend to inquire into the efficient cause of Sublimity and Beauty, ..."

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