diffuser

or dif·fu·sor

[ dih-fyoo-zer ]
/ dɪˈfyu zər /
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noun

a person or thing that diffuses.
(in various machines or mechanical systems, as centrifugal pumps or compressors) a device for utilizing part of the kinetic energy of a fluid passing through a machine by gradually increasing the cross-sectional area of the channel or chamber through which it flows so as to decrease its speed and increase its pressure.
(in a lighting fixture) any of a variety of translucent materials for filtering glare from the light source.
a pierced plate or similar device for distributing compressed air for aeration of sewage.

Nearby words

  1. diffuse nebula,
  2. diffuse waxy spleen,
  3. diffuse-porous,
  4. diffused junction,
  5. diffusely,
  6. diffusible,
  7. diffusible stimulant,
  8. diffusing capacity,
  9. diffusion,
  10. diffusion anoxia

Origin of diffuser

First recorded in 1670–80; diffuse + -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for diffuser

diffuser

diffusor

/ (dɪˈfjuːzə) /

noun

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