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 for Effect
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Effect \Ef*fect"\, n. [L. effectus, fr. efficere, effectum, to
     effect; ex + facere to make: cf. F. effet, formerly also
     spelled effect. See Fact.]
     1. Execution; performance; realization; operation; as, the
        law goes into effect in May.
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              That no compunctious visitings of nature
              Shake my fell purpose, nor keep peace between
              The effect and it.                    --Shak.
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     2. Manifestation; expression; sign.
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              All the large effects
              That troop with majesty.              --Shak.
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     3. In general: That which is produced by an agent or cause;
        the event which follows immediately from an antecedent,
        called the cause; result; consequence; outcome; fruit; as,
        the effect of luxury.
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              The effect is the unfailing index of the amount of
              the cause.                            --Whewell.
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     4. Impression left on the mind; sensation produced.
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              Patchwork . . . introduced for oratorical effect.
                                                    --J. C.
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              The effect was heightened by the wild and lonely
              nature of the place.                  --W. Irving.
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     5. Power to produce results; efficiency; force; importance;
        account; as, to speak with effect.
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     6. Consequence intended; purpose; meaning; general intent; --
        with to.
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              They spake to her to that effect.     --2 Chron.
                                                    xxxiv. 22.
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     7. The purport; the sum and substance. "The effect of his
        intent." --Chaucer.
     8. Reality; actual meaning; fact, as distinguished from mere
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              No other in effect than what it seems. --Denham.
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     9. pl. Goods; movables; personal estate; -- sometimes used to
        embrace real as well as personal property; as, the people
        escaped from the town with their effects.
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     For effect, for an exaggerated impression or excitement.
     In effect, in fact; in substance. See 8, above.
     Of no effect, Of none effect, To no effect, or Without
     effect, destitute of results, validity, force, and the like;
        vain; fruitless. "Making the word of God of none effect
        through your tradition." --Mark vii. 13. "All my study be
        to no effect." --Shak.
     To give effect to, to make valid; to carry out in practice;
        to push to its results.
     To take effect, to become operative, to accomplish aims.
     Syn: Effect, Consequence, Result.
     Usage: These words indicate things which arise out of some
            antecedent, or follow as a consequent. Effect, which
            may be regarded as the generic term, denotes that
            which springs directly from something which can
            properly be termed a cause. A consequence is more
            remote, not being strictly caused, nor yet a mere
            sequence, but following out of and following
            indirectly, or in the train of events, something on
            which it truly depends. A result is still more remote
            and variable, like the rebound of an elastic body
            which falls in very different directions. We may
            foresee the effects of a measure, may conjecture its
            consequences, but can rarely discover its final
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                  Resolving all events, with their effects
                  And manifold results, into the will
                  And arbitration wise of the Supreme. --Cowper.
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                  Shun the bitter consequence, for know,
                  The day thou eatest thereof, . . . thou shalt
                  die.                              --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Effect \Ef*fect"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Effected; p. pr. & vb.
     n. Effecting.]
     1. To produce, as a cause or agent; to cause to be.
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              So great a body such exploits to effect. --Daniel.
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     2. To bring to pass; to execute; to enforce; to achieve; to
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              To effect that which the divine counsels had
              decreed.                              --Bp. Hurd.
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              They sailed away without effecting their purpose.
                                                    --Jowett (Th.
     Syn: To accomplish; fulfill; achieve; complete; execute;
          perform; attain. See Accomplish.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: 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" [syn:
           consequence, effect, outcome, result, event,
           issue, upshot]
      2: 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" [syn:
         impression, effect]
      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
         [syn: effect, essence, burden, core, gist]
      5: (of a law) having legal validity; "the law is still in
         effect" [syn: effect, force]
      6: a symptom caused by an illness or a drug; "the effects of
         sleep loss"; "the effect of the anesthetic"
      v 1: produce; "The scientists set up a shock wave" [syn:
           effect, effectuate, set up]
      2: act so as to bring into existence; "effect a change"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  462 Moby Thesaurus words for "effect":
     Z, abide by, accomplish, achieve, actualize, actually, adhere to,
     administer, affective meaning, aftereffect, aftermath, aim,
     ambition, amperage, angle, animus, apodosis, armipotence, artifact,
     ascendancy, aspect, aspiration, at bottom, attain, author,
     authority, basically, bear, bearing, beef, beget, black power,
     brainchild, breed, bring, bring about, bring forth, bring off,
     bring on, bring to effect, bring to pass, brute force, call forth,
     capacity, carry out, carry through, catastrophe, cause, ceasing,
     cessation, charge, charisma, charm, child, clout, coda, cogence,
     cogency, coinage, coloring, commit, compass, complete, composition,
     compulsion, conceive, conclusion, concoction, configuration,
     connotation, consequence, constitute, consummate, consummation,
     contrive, control, corollary, counsel, crack of doom, create,
     creation, creature, credit, crowning achievement, culmination,
     curtain, curtains, deal with, death, decease, denotation,
     denouement, descendant, desideration, desideratum, design, desire,
     destination, destiny, determination, development, dint, discharge,
     dispatch, dispose of, distillation, do, do the job, do the trick,
     do to, dominance, domination, doom, draw down, draw on, drift,
     drive, duress, dynasty, effectively, effectiveness, effectuality,
     effectuate, efficacy, eidolon, elicit, eminence, enact,
     enchantment, end, end point, end product, ending, energy, enforce,
     engender, envoi, epilogue, eschatology, essence, essentially,
     establish, esteem, event, eventuality, evoke, execute, expiration,
     extension, extract, facet, fashion, fate, father, favor, feature,
     fetch, figure, fill out, final solution, final twitch, final words,
     finale, finality, finis, finish, fixed purpose, flower power,
     force, force majeure, forcefulness, form, found, fruit, fulfill,
     full blast, full force, function, generate, gestalt, gestate, get,
     gist, give birth to, give origin to, give rise to, go and do, goal,
     good feeling, grammatical meaning, guise, handiwork, heir, hold,
     honor, idea, image, imago, impact, implement, implication, import,
     importance, impression, in effect, in truth, inaugurate, incept,
     incidental power, induce, inflict, influence, influentiality,
     insinuation, inspire, install, instigate, institute, intendment,
     intension, intent, intention, invention, invoke, issue, izzard,
     knock off, last, last breath, last gasp, last things, last trumpet,
     last words, latter end, lead, leadership, leverage,
     lexical meaning, light, likeness, line, lineage, lineaments,
     literal meaning, look, magnetism, main force, main strength, make,
     make out, mana, manage, manner, manufacture, masterpiece,
     masterwork, mastery, materialize, meaning, might, might and main,
     mightiness, mind, mintage, moment, more or less, motivate, motive,
     moxie, muscle power, new mintage, nisus, object, objective,
     observe, obtain, occasion, offspring, omega, opera, opus, opuscule,
     organize, originate, origination, outcome, outgrowth, overtone,
     pay, payoff, perform, period, peroration, perpetrate, personality,
     persuasion, pertinence, phase, phasis, pith, pizzazz, plan, point,
     polish off, poop, posterity, potence, potency, potentiality, power,
     power pack, power structure, power struggle, powerfulness,
     practical consequence, precipitate, predominance, preponderance,
     prepotency, pressure, prestige, procure, produce, product,
     production, productiveness, productivity, project, promulgate,
     proposal, prosecute, prospectus, provoke, puissance, pull,
     pull off, punch, purchase, purport, purpose, pursuance, push,
     put away, put in force, put through, quietus, ramification,
     range of meaning, real meaning, realize, really, reference,
     referent, regard, reign, relation, relevance, render, repercussion,
     repute, resolution, resolve, respect, resting place, result, rule,
     sake, say, scope, secure, seeming, semantic cluster,
     semantic field, semblance, sensation, sense, sequel, sequence,
     set afloat, set on foot, set up, shape, side, significance,
     signification, significatum, signifie, simulacrum, sinew, sire,
     slant, so to speak, span of meaning, spirit, steam, stoppage,
     stopping place, strength, striving, strong arm, structural meaning,
     study, style, suasion, substance, subtle influence, succeed,
     successor, suggestion, sum, sum and substance, superinduce,
     superiority, superpower, supremacy, swan song, sway,
     symbolic meaning, take and do, take care of, take effect, tenor,
     term, terminal, termination, terminus, things, total effect,
     totality of associations, transact, transferred meaning, truly,
     turn out, turn the trick, twist, unadorned meaning, undertone,
     up and do, upper hand, upshot, validity, value, vehemence, view,
     viewpoint, vigor, vim, virility, virtually, virtue, virulence,
     vitality, wattage, weight, whip hand, will, windup, wise, work,
     work out, wreak, yield

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  EFFECT. The operation of a law, of an agreement, or an act, is called its 
       2. By the laws of the United States, a patent cannot be granted for an 
  effect only, but it may be for a new mode or application of machinery to 
  produce effects. 1 Gallis. 478; see 4 Mason, 1; Pet. C. C. R. 394; 2 N. H. 
  R. 61. 

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  EFFECT, n.  The second of two phenomena which always occur together in
  the same order.  The first, called a Cause, is said to generate the
  other -- which is no more sensible than it would be for one who has
  never seen a dog except in the pursuit of a rabbit to declare the
  rabbit the cause of a dog.

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