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Diffused \Dif*fused"\, a. Spread abroad; dispersed; loose; flowing; diffuse.

It grew to be a widely diffused opinion.
--Hawthorne. -- Dif*fus"ed*ly, adv. -- Dif*fus"ed*ness, n.


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.

Thence diffuse His good to worlds and ages infinite.

We find this knowledge diffused among all civilized nations.

Syn: To expand; spread; circulate; extend; scatter; disperse; publish; proclaim.


vb. (en-past of: diffuse)

  1. adj. (of light rays) subjected to scattering by reflection from a rough surface or transmission through a translucent material; "diffused light"

  2. (of light) not bright or glaring; "a softer diffused radiance" [syn: softened]

Usage examples of "diffused".

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.

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.

Blanche Creamer, who had diffused herself over three-quarters of a sofa and beckoned him to the remaining fourth.

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.

Matter could have been diffused so as to fulfil at once the conditions of irradiation and of generally equable distribution.

Thus far it resembles the Jibbah find: on the other hand, it is not plutonic, but chalky like those of Makna and Sinai, the crystals being similarly diffused throughout the matrix.

Yet it was all around them, diffused and filtered, like the light from the klieg lanterns which was making a blue pattern on the bed.

The example of the massacres of the palace diffused a spirit of licentiousness and sedition among the troops of the East, who were no longer restrained by their habits of obedience to a veteran commander.

His fleets rode triumphant in the channel, commanded the mouths of the Seine and of the Rhine, ravaged the coasts of the ocean, and diffused beyond the columns of Hercules the terror of his name.

While this pastime went on, the sun, large and red, reached the horizon, and diffused a roseate light over the entire ocean.