influent (adj.) mid-15c., "abundant," in reference to occult power of the stars, etc., also of grace, from L. influentem (nom. influens), prp. of influere “to flow in” (see INFLUENCE (Cf. influence)).

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  • influent — influent, ente [ ɛ̃flyɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • 1503, rare av. XVIIIe; lat. influens ♦ Qui a de l influence, du prestige, du crédit. ⇒ autorisé, important, puissant. Un personnage influent (cf. fam. Un gros bonnet, une grosse légume, une huile). Il est… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • influent — INFLUÉNT, Ă, influenţi, te, adj. Care are trecere, influenţă; puternic. – Din fr. influent. Trimis de valeriu, 11.02.2009. Sursa: DEX 98  INFLUÉNT adj. important, însemnat, marcant, puternic. (Un personaj influent.) Trimis de siveco, 05.08.2004 …   Dicționar Român

  • Influent — In flu*ent ([i^]n fl[ u]*ent), a. [L. influens, entis, p. pr. of influere, influxum, to flow in; pref. in in + fluere to flow. See {Fluid}.] 1. Flowing in. With influent tide. Cowper. Influent odors. Mrs. Browning. [1913 Webster] 2. Exerting… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • influent — influent, ente (in flu an, an t ) adj. Qui a de l influence, du crédit. C est un homme très influent, un personnage influent …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • influent — [in′flo͞o ənt] adj. [L influens: see INFLUENCE] flowing in n. 1. anything flowing in, as a tributary 2. an organism that has important interactions within an ecological community, but is not a dominant …   English World dictionary

  • INFLUENT — ENTE. adj. Qui a de l influence, du crédit. C est un homme très influent, un personnage influent. Une personne influente …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • influent — /in flooh euhnt/, adj. 1. flowing in. n. 2. a tributary. 3. Ecol. a plant or animal that has an important effect on the biotic balance in a community. [1400 50; late ME < L influent (s. of influens) inflowing. See IN 2, FLUENT] * * * …   Universalium

  • influent — [ ɪnflʊənt] adjective flowing in. noun a stream flowing into another stream or lake. Origin ME: from L. influent , influere flow in …   English new terms dictionary

  • influent — I. adjective Date: 15th century flowing in II. noun Date: 1859 1. something that flows in: as a. a tributary stream b. fluid input into a reservoir or process 2. a factor (as a particular animal) modifying the balance and stability of an… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • influent — 1) flowing above the water table and losing water to it 2) said of a lake having a single inflowing stream 3) water that flows into sink holes, cavities and porous material and disappears into the ground …   Dictionary of ichthyology

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