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diffuse

[v. dih-fyooz; adj. dih-fyoos]
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; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin diffūsus spread, poured forth. See dif-, fuse2

diffusely [dih-fyoos-lee] , 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

defuse, diffuse.
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diffuse
 
vb
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
 
adj
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
 
[C15: from Latin diffūsus spread abroad, from diffundere to pour forth, from dis- away + fundere to pour]
 
 
diffusely
 
adv
 
dif'fuseness
 
n
 
diffusible
 
adj
 
diffusi'bility
 
n
 
dif'fusibleness
 
n

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diffuse
1520s (trans.), 1650s (intrans.), from L. diffus-, pp. stem of diffundere "to pour out or away" (see diffusion). Related: Diffused; diffusing.
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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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