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diffuse

[v. dih-fyooz; adj. dih-fyoos] /v. dɪˈfyuz; adj. dɪˈfyus/
verb (used with object), diffused, diffusing.
1.
to pour out and spread, as a fluid.
2.
to spread or scatter widely or thinly; disseminate.
3.
Physics. to spread by diffusion.
verb (used without object), diffused, diffusing.
4.
to spread.
5.
Physics. to intermingle by diffusion.
adjective
6.
characterized by great length or discursiveness in speech or writing; wordy.
7.
widely spread or scattered; dispersed.
8.
Botany. widely or loosely spreading.
9.
Optics. (of reflected light) scattered, as from a rough surface (opposed to specular).
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin diffūsus spread, poured forth. See dif-, fuse2
Related forms
diffusely
[dih-fyoos-lee] /dɪˈfyus li/ (Show IPA),
adverb
diffuseness, noun
interdiffuse, verb, interdiffused, interdiffusing.
nondiffuse, adjective
nondiffused, adjective
nondiffusing, adjective
overdiffuse, verb, overdiffused, overdiffusing, adjective
overdiffusely, adverb
overdiffuseness, noun
rediffuse, verb, rediffused, rediffusing.
undiffused, adjective
well-diffused, adjective
Can be confused
defuse, diffuse.
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Examples from the web for diffused
  • When light hits the panel, it is diffused to the edges, which are covered with silicon solar receptors.
  • Their diffused light can make for increased color saturation in your images.
  • Most were quickly diffused, and many were highly enjoyable.
  • The initial energy is presumably diffused through a primary function, but this apparently allows the by-products to be utilised.
  • In this case the light is diffused at the ceiling instead of having transmitters on the ceiling.
  • Water's ability to contain diffused gases decreases as the temperature of the water increases.
  • Aeration is accomplished by allowing oxygen to change phase from liquid to gas, which is diffused into the water column.
  • Light pipes take both direct and diffused sunlight and guide it in a reflective tube to a diffuser.
British Dictionary definitions for diffused

diffuse

verb (dɪˈfjuːz)
1.
to spread or cause to spread in all directions
2.
to undergo or cause to undergo diffusion
3.
to scatter or cause to scatter; disseminate; disperse
adjective (dɪˈfjuːs)
4.
spread out over a wide area
5.
lacking conciseness
6.
(esp of some creeping stems) spreading loosely over a large area
7.
characterized by or exhibiting diffusion: diffuse light, diffuse reflection
8.
(botany) (of plant growth) occurring throughout a tissue
Derived Forms
diffusely (dɪˈfjuːslɪ) adverb
diffuseness, noun
diffusible (dɪˈfjuːzəbəl) adjective
diffusibility, diffusibleness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin diffūsus spread abroad, from diffundere to pour forth, from dis- away + fundere to pour
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Word Origin and History for diffused

diffuse

v.

1520s (transitive), 1650s (intransitive), from Latin diffusus, past participle of diffundere "to pour out or away" (see diffusion). Related: Diffused; diffusing.

adj.

early 15c., from Latin diffusus (see diffuse (v.)).

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diffused in Medicine

diffuse dif·fuse (dĭ-fyōōs')
adj.
Not limited to one tissue or location; widespread. v. dif·fused, dif·fus·ing, dif·fus·es (dĭ-fyōōz')
To spread or to be spread widely, as through a tissue.


dif·fus'i·ble (-fyōō'zə-bəl) adj.
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