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effuse

[v. ih-fyooz; adj. ih-fyoos] /v. ɪˈfyuz; adj. ɪˈfyus/
verb (used with object), effused, effusing.
1.
to pour out or forth; shed; disseminate:
The town effuses warmth and hospitality.
verb (used without object), effused, effusing.
2.
to exude; flow out.
3.
Physics. (of a gas) to flow through a very small orifice.
adjective
4.
scattered; profuse.
5.
Botany. spread out loosely.
6.
(of certain shells) having the lips separated by a gap or groove.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin effūs(us) (past participle of effundere) poured out, equivalent to ef- ef- + fūsus poured (see fuse2)
Related forms
uneffused, adjective
uneffusing, adjective
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  • Streams of molten rock that either effuse quietly from a vent or are fed by lava fountains.
British Dictionary definitions for effuse

effuse

verb (ɪˈfjuːz)
1.
to pour or flow out
2.
to spread out; diffuse
3.
(intransitive) to talk profusely, esp in an excited manner
4.
to cause (a gas) to flow or (of a gas) to flow under pressure
adjective (ɪˈfjuːs)
5.
(botany) (esp of an inflorescence) spreading out loosely
Word Origin
C16: from Latin effūsus poured out, from effundere to shed, from fundere to pour
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Word Origin and History for effuse
v.

late 14c., from Middle French effuser or directly from Latin effusus, past participle of effundere "to pour forth" (see effusion). Related: Effused; effusing.

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