from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To pour out and cause to spread freely.
- transitive v. To spread about or scatter; disseminate.
- transitive v. To make less brilliant; soften.
- intransitive v. To become widely dispersed; spread out.
- intransitive v. Physics To undergo diffusion.
- adj. Widely spread or scattered; not concentrated.
- adj. Characterized by verbosity; wordy. See Synonyms at wordy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To spread over or through as in air, water, or other matter, especially by fluid motion or passive means.
- v. To be spread over or through as in air, water, or other matter, especially by fluid motion or passive means.
- adj. Everywhere or throughout everything; not focused or concentrated.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive 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 diffuse information.
- intransitive 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
from The 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.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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)
Middle English, from Latin diffusus, past participle of diffundere, from dis- + fundere (Wiktionary)
Latin diffusus (Wiktionary)