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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. (present participle of diffuse English)


adj. spreading by diffusion [syn: diffusing(a), diffusive, dispersive, disseminative, disseminating, scattering, spreading]

Usage examples of "diffusing".

He concentrated and generated his own message, sending it diffusing out from his chest nodules.

But I am receiving faint new aromatics, like those from The-One-Who-Waits, diffusing in from far away.

It is merely minimized and drawn inward so that it still keeps the atmosphere within the cage from diffusing outward and normal molecules outside from diffusing inward.

There's some sort of interaction between the diffusing object and the barrier through which the diffusion takes place -- except that no one knows what the interaction might be exactly.

Eventually, we would have had to have a glucose pattern, and as soon as you asked the question why we weren't diffusing when we should have been, I realized we needed the pattern already.

Then, closing through a cloud of diffusing blood, it waited for its victim to bleed to death.

As the minds of the primates became steadily more elaborate, it was as if a sense of self was diffusing outward, from the solitary Purga to her increasingly social descendants.

Walking into these familiar surroundings the people followed the easy living of the coastlines, west around the Mediterranean and diffusing inland, at last colonizing Spain, France, Greece, Italy—as did animals later associated only with Africa, like elephants, giraffes, and antelope.