American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To pour out and cause to spread freely.
- v. To spread about or scatter; disseminate.
- v. To make less brilliant; soften.
- v. To become widely dispersed; spread out.
- v. Physics To undergo diffusion.
- adj. Widely spread or scattered; not concentrated.
- adj. Characterized by verbosity; wordy. See Synonyms at wordy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To pour out and spread, as a fluid; cause to flow and spread.
- To spread abroad; scatter; send out or extend in all directions.
- Synonyms To scatter, disseminate, circulate, disperse, distribute, propagate.
- To spread, as a fluid, by the wandering of its molecules in amongst those of a contiguous fluid. Thus, if a layer of salt water be placed beneath fresh water, the salt water will gradually penetrate into the fresh water, against the action of gravity.
- Widely spread or diffused; extended; dispersed; scattered.
- In pathology, spreading widely and having no distinctively defined limits: as, a diffuse inflammation or suppuration: opposed to circumscribed.
- In boto, spreading widely and loosely.
- In embryology, applied to a form of non-deciduate placenta in which the fetal villi form a broad belt.
- In zoology, sparse; few and scattered, as markings; especially, in entomology, said of punctures, etc., when they are less thickly set than on a neighboring part from which they appear to be scattered off.
- Prolix; using many words; verbose; rambling: said of speakers and writers or their style.
- Hard to understand; perplexing; requiring extended effort.
- Synonyms Loose, rambling, wordy, long-winded, diluted, spun out.
- adj. Everywhere or throughout everything; not focused or concentrated.
- v. transitive To spread over or through as in air, water, or other matter, especially by fluid motion or passive means.
- v. intransitive To be spread over or through as in air, water, or other matter, especially by fluid motion or passive means.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. 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
- v. To pass by spreading every way, to diffuse itself.
- adj. Poured out; widely spread; not restrained; copious; full; esp., of style, opposed to
conciseor terse; verbose; prolix.
- v. move outward
- adj. lacking conciseness
- adj. (of light) transmitted from a broad light source or reflected
- v. spread or diffuse through
- v. cause to become widely known
- adj. spread out; not concentrated in one place
- Middle English, from Latin diffusus, past participle of diffundere, from dis- + fundere (Wiktionary)
- From Middle English, dispersed, from Anglo-Norman diffus, from Latin diffūsus, past participle of diffundere, to spread : dis-, out, apart; see dis- + fundere, to pour; see gheu- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“This crisis has arisen, the Prof says, because intensive cultivation has given rise to an upward trend in "diffuse" pollution from nitrates and phosphates which is proving difficult to reverse.”
“The object is felt to say something succinctly and forcibly that the inner vision reports vaguely, in diffuse feeling rather than organically.”
“DESCRIPTION: Also called St. Anthony's Fire, erysipelas is characterized by diffuse inflammation of the skin, or of the subcutaneous cellular tissue, usually with accompanying fever.”
“And in 1995, with Mike Jura at UCLA, we published a paper suggesting that if it was in space, it should be responsible for some very puzzling features that have been known for 90 years called the diffuse interstellar bands.”
“How about the definition for the word diffuse, courtesy of Dictionary. com?”
“There are theories that Marie may have had a medical condition termed diffuse alopecia areata, which can result in sudden hair loss.”
“We can see similar processes taking place today in so-called diffuse nebulae in this and other galaxies - such as the nebula M16, shown above left.”
“So it's very common, and the manifestations are very diffuse, which is one of the main reasons why it is so underdiagnosed in this country.”
“Gross was able to collect but 18 examples; but closely allied to this condition is what is known as diffuse hypertrophy of the breast.”
“But if the book were being published this month, instead of last month, the term would be '99 percenters,' referring to the diffuse, leaderless resistance movement's statement: 'The one thing we all have in common is that we are the 99 percent that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1 percent.”
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