diffuse

  • 1 Diffuse — Dif*fuse , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Diffused}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Diffusing}.] [L. diffusus, p. p. of diffundere to pour out, to diffuse; dif = dis + fundere to pour. See {Fuse} to melt.] To pour out and cause to spread, as a fluid; to cause to flow on …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Diffuse — Dif*fuse , a. [L. diffusus, p. p.] Poured out; widely spread; not restrained; copious; full; esp., of style, opposed to {concise} or {terse}; verbose; prolix; as, a diffuse style; a diffuse writer. [1913 Webster] A diffuse and various knowledge… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 Diffuse — Dif*fuse , v. i. To pass by spreading every way, to diffuse itself. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 diffusé — diffusé, ée (di ffu zé, zée) part. passé. Terme didactique. Répandu par diffusion. •   Les plantes montrèrent combien est rapide l action de la lumière qu elles reçoivent comme par une sorte de sens diffusé dans leurs corolles, FAYE Comptes… …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 5 diffuse — adj prolix, redundant, verbose, *wordy Analogous words: *profuse, lavish, exuberant: desultory, casual, *random: copious (see PLENTIFUL): *loose, relaxed, slack, lax Antonyms: succinct Contrasted words: * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 diffuse — [adj1] spread out broadcast, catholic, circulated, diluted, dispersed, disseminated, distributed, expanded, extended, general, prevalent, propagated, radiated, scattered, separated, strewn, thin, unconcentrated, universal, widespread; concepts… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 diffuse — I verb bespread, besprinkle, bestrew, break up, broadcast, cast forth, circulate, circumfuse, commingle, deal out, decentralize, diffundere, diffundi, disband, disintegrate, disperse, dispread, disseminate, dissipate, distribute, effuse, go in… …

    Law dictionary

  • 8 diffuse — (v.) 1520s (trans.), 1650s (intrans.), from L. diffusus, pp. of diffundere to pour out or away (see DIFFUSION (Cf. diffusion)). Related: Diffused; diffusing. The adj. is attested from early 15c., from L. diffusus …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 diffuse — ► VERB 1) spread over a wide area. 2) Physics (of a gas or liquid) travel or spread by diffusion. ► ADJECTIVE 1) spread out over a large area; not concentrated. 2) lacking clarity or conciseness. DERIVATIVES diffusely adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 10 diffuse — [di fyo͞os′; ] for v. [, difyo͞oz′] adj. [ME < L diffusus, pp. of diffundere, to pour in different directions < dis , apart + fundere, to pour: see FOUND2] 1. spread out or dispersed; not concentrated 2. using more words than are needed;… …

    English World dictionary

  • 11 diffuse — diffuses, diffusing, diffused (The verb is pronounced [[t]dɪfju͟ːz[/t]]. The adjective is pronounced [[t]dɪfju͟ːs[/t]].) 1) V ERG If something such as knowledge or information is diffused, or if it diffuses somewhere, it is made known over a wide …

    English dictionary

  • 12 diffuse — ● diffus, diffuse adjectif (latin diffusus, de diffundere, répandre) Qui est répandu largement dans toutes les directions en ayant perdu de sa force, de son éclat, de son intensité : Douleur diffuse. Qui manque de netteté : Sentiment diffus. Qui… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 13 diffuse — dif|fuse1 [dıˈfju:z] v [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: diffuser, from Latin diffusus, past participle of diffundere to spread out ] 1.) [I and T] to make heat, light, liquid etc spread through something, or to spread like this diffuse… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 diffuse — defuse, diffuse It is surprising how often diffuse (correctly = to disperse) is used for defuse in its figurative meaning ‘to remove tension or potential danger from (a crisis, etc.)’. Examples of this wrong use are: • An early cut in base rates …

    Modern English usage

  • 15 diffuse — I UK [dɪˈfjuːz] / US [dɪˈfjuz] verb Word forms diffuse : present tense I/you/we/they diffuse he/she/it diffuses present participle diffusing past tense diffused past participle diffused 1) [intransitive/transitive] if a gas or liquid diffuses… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 diffuse — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin diffusus, past participle of diffundere to spread out, from dis + fundere to pour more at found Date: 15th century 1. being at once verbose and ill organized 2. not concentrated or localized <… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 diffuse — v. (formal) (D; tr.) to diffuse through (diffused through the air) * * * [dɪ fjuːs] (formal) (D; tr.) to diffuse through (diffused through the air) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 18 diffuse — dif|fuse1 [ dı fjuz ] verb 1. ) intransitive or transitive TECHNICAL if something diffuses through something, it spreads through it: Light gases diffuse through porous surfaces more rapidly than heavy gases. a ) if light diffuses, or something… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 diffuse — verb dɪ fju:z spread over a wide area. ↘Physics intermingle with another substance by movement of particles. adjective dɪ fju:s 1》 spread out over a large area; not concentrated.     ↘(of disease) not localized in the body. 2》 lacking clarity or… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 20 diffuse — 1 verb (I, T) formal 1 to make heat, a gas etc spread so that it mixes with the surrounding air or water: The kitchen stove diffused its warmth all over the house. 2 to spread ideas, information etc among a lot of people: Their ideas diffused… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English


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