Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Diffuse \Dif*fuse"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Diffused; p. pr. & vb. n. Diffusing.] [L. diffusus, p. p. of diffundere to pour out, to diffuse; dif- = dis- + fundere to pour. See Fuse to melt.] To pour out and cause to spread, as a fluid; to cause to flow on all sides; to send out, or extend, in all directions; to spread; to circulate; to disseminate; to scatter; as to diffuse information.
His good to worlds and ages infinite.
We find this knowledge diffused among all civilized
Syn: To expand; spread; circulate; extend; scatter; disperse; publish; proclaim.
Diffuse \Dif*fuse"\, v. i. To pass by spreading every way, to diffuse itself.
Diffuse \Dif*fuse"\, a. [L. diffusus, p. p.] Poured out; widely spread; not restrained; copious; full; esp., of style, opposed to concise or terse; verbose; prolix; as, a diffuse style; a diffuse writer.
A diffuse and various knowledge of divine and human
Syn: Prolix; verbose; wide; copious; full. See Prolix.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
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.)).
Etymology 1 vb. 1 (context transitive English) To spread over or through as in air, water, or other matter, especially by fluid motion or passive means. 2 (context intransitive English) To be spread over or through as in air, water, or other matter, especially by fluid motion or passive means. Etymology 2
Everywhere or throughout everything; not focused or concentrated.
adj. spread out; not concentrated in one place; "a large diffuse organization"
lacking conciseness; "a diffuse historical novel"
cause to become widely known; "spread information"; "circulate a rumor"; "broadcast the news" [syn: circulate, circularize, circularise, distribute, disseminate, propagate, broadcast, spread, disperse, pass around]
Usage examples of "diffuse".
The secretion with animal matter in solution is then drawn by capillary attraction over the whole surface of the leaf, causing all the glands to secrete and allowing them to absorb the diffused animal matter.
Of the dark world, ten thousand spheres diffuse Their lustre through its adamantine gates.
The doctrine of Mulder, so widely diffused in popular and scientific belief, of the existence of a common base of all albuminous substances, the so-called protein, has not stood the test of rigorous analysis.
How could such an attempt succeed, Henle well asks, at a time when the most extensively diffused of all the tissues, the areolar, was not at all understood?
Their negative will is diffused throughout all the individuals, whereas the will of Japan is concentrated and articulated into a nation-bearing stratum.
The broken army of the Goths abandoned the field of battle, the wasted province, and the passage of the Danube: and although the eldest of the sons of Constantine was permitted to supply the place of his father, the merit of the victory, which diffused universal joy, was ascribed to the auspicious counsels of the emperor himself.
The flower-beds were edged with box, which diffused around it that dreamy balsamic odor, full of antenatal reminiscences of a lost Paradise, dimly fragrant as might be the bdellium of ancient Havilah, the land compassed by the river Pison that went out of Eden.
It had been occupied by a powerful colony of Gauls, who, settling themselves along the banks of the Po, from Piedmont to Romagna, carried their arms and diffused their name from the Alps to the Apennine.
For in this grievous calamity, this distressing bereavement, the best consolation and solace that the spiritual souls could offer is to dedicate themselves to the service of the Cause, to diffuse widely the sweet savours of holiness, to become wanderers in the path of that heavenly Best-Beloved, to let their whole beings burn and melt, and be enkindled with the fire of His love.
The sun-bright glare around the power capacitor began to diffuse outward as the casehardened metal alloy vaporized into superheated plasma.
Blanche Creamer, who had diffused herself over three-quarters of a sofa and beckoned him to the remaining fourth.
The sunlight dappling through the lattice warmed the cupric tones of her hair and reflected from the bodice of her white dress to radiate her face in a diffuse glow.
Glass may pass a laser beam through, but it tends to diffuse and deregister it, causing it to become more like ordinary light.
When she reached her bedroom, she pushed the dimmer switch, then turned it to diffuse the light.
The colonists, moreover, were encouraged in their spirit of resistance by the emigration of numbers who had lately left England, and who being disaffected persons, diffused republican sentiments in all the provinces.