- to pour out and spread, as a fluid.
- to spread or scatter widely or thinly; disseminate.
- Physics. to spread by diffusion.
- to spread.
- Physics. to intermingle by diffusion.
- characterized by great length or discursiveness in speech or writing; wordy.
- widely spread or scattered; dispersed.
- Botany. widely or loosely spreading.
- Optics. (of reflected light) scattered, as from a rough surface (opposed to specular).
Origin of diffuse
Examples from the Web for diffuseness
The reason is that Thackeray worked by 'diffuseness of style.'Gilbert Keith Chesterton
The temptation to diffuseness and irrelevancy is as embarrassing and dangerous.Sir Walter Ralegh
It is, in short, to guard against the confusion that comes from diffuseness.Outlines of Educational Doctrine
John Frederick Herbart
The lectures are written in simple style, but suffer from diffuseness.
But when poems are paid by the line, bards are pardonable for diffuseness.
- to spread or cause to spread in all directions
- to undergo or cause to undergo diffusion
- to scatter or cause to scatter; disseminate; disperse
- spread out over a wide area
- lacking conciseness
- (esp of some creeping stems) spreading loosely over a large area
- characterized by or exhibiting diffusiondiffuse light; diffuse reflection
- botany (of plant growth) occurring throughout a tissue
Word Origin and History for diffuseness
1520s (transitive), 1650s (intransitive), from Latin diffusus, past participle of diffundere "to pour out or away" (see diffusion). Related: Diffused; diffusing.
early 15c., from Latin diffusus (see diffuse (v.)).
- Not limited to one tissue or location; widespread.
- To spread or to be spread widely, as through a tissue.