[verb ih-fyooz; adjective ih-fyoos]
- to pour out or forth; shed; disseminate: The town effuses warmth and hospitality.
- to exude; flow out.
- Physics. (of a gas) to flow through a very small orifice.
- scattered; profuse.
- Botany. spread out loosely.
- (of certain shells) having the lips separated by a gap or groove.
Origin of effuse
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Examples from the Web for effuse
I depart as air ... I shake my locks at the runaway sun, I effuse my flesh in eddies and drift it in lacy jags.A Eulogy for Marie Colvin
March 14, 2012
Outer lip thick, effuse, slightly reflected below, and contracted above.
Aperture above pointed, externally straight, below rounded, widened or effuse.
- to pour or flow out
- to spread out; diffuse
- (intr) to talk profusely, esp in an excited manner
- to cause (a gas) to flow or (of a gas) to flow under pressure
- botany (esp of an inflorescence) spreading out loosely
C16: from Latin effūsus poured out, from effundere to shed, from fundere to pour
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Word Origin and History for effuse
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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