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EFFICIENCY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does efficiency mean? 

EFFICIENCY (noun)
  The noun EFFICIENCY has 2 senses:

1. the ratio of the output to the input of any system
2. skillfulness in avoiding wasted time and effort

  Familiarity information: EFFICIENCY used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


EFFICIENCY (noun)


Sense 1efficiency [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The ratio of the output to the input of any system

Classified under:

Nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas

Hypernyms ("efficiency" is a kind of...):

ratio (the relative magnitudes of two quantities (usually expressed as a quotient))


Sense 2efficiency [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Skillfulness in avoiding wasted time and effort

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context example:

she did the work with great efficiency

Hypernyms ("efficiency" is a kind of...):

skillfulness (the state of being cognitively skillful)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "efficiency"):

economy (the efficient use of resources)

Antonym:

inefficiency (unskillfulness resulting from a lack of efficiency)


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