What is efficient?

  • (adj): Being effective without wasting time or effort or expense.
    Example: "An efficient production manager"; "efficient engines save gas"
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "efficient":

  • (adj): Able to accomplish a purpose; functioning effectively.
    Example: "An efficient secretary"; "the efficient cause of the revolution"
    Synonyms: effective

Famous quotes containing the word efficient:

    An efficient and valuable man does what he can, whether the community pay him for it or not. The inefficient offer their inefficiency to the highest bidder, and are forever expecting to be put into office. One would suppose that they were rarely disappointed.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    The really efficient laborer will be found not to crowd his day with work, but will saunter to his task surrounded by a wide halo of ease and leisure.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    As machines become more and more efficient and perfect, so it will become clear that imperfection is the greatness of man.
    Ernst Fischer (1899–1972)