|1.||the act or process of diffusing or being diffused; dispersion|
|a. the random thermal motion of atoms, molecules, clusters of atoms, etc, in gases, liquids, and some solids|
|b. the transfer of atoms or molecules by their random motion from one part of a medium to another|
|4.||physics the transmission or reflection of electromagnetic radiation, esp light, in which the radiation is scattered in many directions and not directly reflected or refracted; scattering|
|5.||physics Also called: diffusivity the degree to which the directions of propagation of reverberant sound waves differ from point to point in an enclosure|
|6.||anthropol the transmission of social institutions, skills, and myths from one culture to another|
|Part of Speech:||n|
|Definition:||See cultural diffusion|
diffusion dif·fu·sion (dĭ-fyōō'zhən)
The process of diffusing or the condition of being diffused.
The spontaneous intermingling of the particles of two or more substances as a result of random thermal motion.
|diffusion (dĭ-fy'zhən) Pronunciation Key