What do a.m. and p.m. stand for?


[dih-fyoo-siv] /dɪˈfyu sɪv/
tending to diffuse; characterized by diffusion.
Origin of diffusive
1605-15; diffuse + -ive
Related forms
diffusively, adverb
diffusiveness, noun
interdiffusive, adjective
interdiffusiveness, noun
self-diffusive, adjective
self-diffusively, adverb
self-diffusiveness, noun
undiffusive, adjective
undiffusively, adverb
undiffusiveness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for diffusive
  • His style is diffusive, swelling, and full of epithets: and he is fond of comparisons and allegories.
  • His letters are much better written than his other works, nor is the style so lax and diffusive.
  • diffusive and active sampling results from such a test atmosphere are similar.
  • diffusive samplers are convenient air sampling devices that sample gases and vapors and do not require the use of a sampling pump.
  • Consider both active and diffusive samplers for vapors.
British Dictionary definitions for diffusive


characterized by diffusion
Derived Forms
diffusively, adverb
diffusiveness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for diffusive

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for diffusive

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with diffusive