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circumfuse

[sur-kuh m-fyooz]
verb (used with object), cir·cum·fused, cir·cum·fus·ing.
  1. to pour around; diffuse.
  2. to surround as with a fluid; suffuse: An atmosphere of joy circumfused the celebration.
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Origin of circumfuse

First recorded in 1590–1600, circumfuse is from the Latin word circumfūsus (past participle of circumfundere to pour around). See circum-, fuse2
Related formscir·cum·fu·sion [sur-kuh m-fyoo-zhuh n] /ˌsɜr kəmˈfyu ʒən/, noun
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Examples from the Web for circumfuse

Historical Examples

  • I almost think I could love him, whoever it be, on whom thou wouldst shed the rays that circumfuse thyself.

    Zanoni

    Edward Bulwer Lytton

  • As to the last, she did not think Frank had money enough yet to "circumfuse," she said, in that way.

    Real Folks

    Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney


British Dictionary definitions for circumfuse

circumfuse

verb (tr)
  1. to pour or spread (a liquid, powder, etc) around
  2. to surround with a substance, such as a liquid
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Derived Formscircumfusion (ˌsɜːkəmˈfjuːʒən), noun

Word Origin

C16: from Latin circumfūsus, from circumfundere to pour around, from circum- + fundere to pour
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