- 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
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Historical Examples of diffusely
Is memory made apt and extensive or narrow and diffusely irrelevant?Human Nature and Conduct
A grim tale finely (perhaps just a little too diffusely) told and admirably presented.
The mucous membrane of the pharynx will be diffusely red or purplish and shiny.
He spoke for five and a half hours, much too diffusely, spinning out what he might have said in half the time.The Greville Memoirs (Third Part) Volume I (of II)
Charles Cavendish Fulke Greville
Ill-smelling, resinous shrubs, four to ten feet high; diffusely branched.The Wild Flowers of California: Their Names, Haunts, and Habits
Mary Elizabeth Parsons
- 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 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.