[verb dih-fyooz; adjective dih-fyoos]
- 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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- 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
C15: from Latin diffūsus spread abroad, from diffundere to pour forth, from dis- away + fundere to pour
Avoid confusion with defuse
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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.)).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Not limited to one tissue or location; widespread.
- To spread or to be spread widely, as through a tissue.
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