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[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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British Dictionary definitions for circumfusion


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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