- 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 diffuse
The protests so far have relied on a small group of core organizing bodies to harness broad but diffuse support.Eric Garner Protesters Have a Direct Line to City Hall
December 11, 2014
Organizations engaging in network are often diffuse, leaderless, and incredibly resilient.ISIS Is Winning the Online Jihad Against the West
Ali Fisher, Nico Prucha
October 1, 2014
At one point they even told her she was delusional, despite her diffuse ulcerating lesions.Why Your Doctor Feels Like a 'Beaten Dog'
September 11, 2014
With two Texans in the running as potential candidates, Sessions sought to diffuse any awkwardness.Republicans Panicked After Eric Cantor Loss: ‘This Is Like Robespierre’
Ben Jacobs, Tim Mak
June 11, 2014
They intercept and diffuse, to some extent babysitting the possible aggressor until the disease of violent intent has passed.Using Strategies Reserved for Disease Outbreak, Activists Try to “Cure” Urban Violence
April 11, 2014
Flora, who had seemed enchanting in all she said and thought, was diffuse and silly.Little Dorrit
Knowledge is not necessarily light; and it is light, not knowledge, that we have to diffuse.A Dish Of Orts
They diffuse what is known and forget what remains to be known.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
The message was explicit, and, in the point of affection, diffuse.The Prisoner
A soft glow seemed to diffuse from the man's clothing and body.The Whispering Spheres
Russell Robert Winterbotham
- 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 diffuse
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.