from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Botany Spreading out loosely.
- transitive v. To pour out (a liquid).
- transitive v. To radiate; diffuse.
- intransitive v. To spread or flow out.
- intransitive v. To ooze forth; exude.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. spread out
- v. to emit; to give off
- v. to gush; to be excitedly talkative and enthusiastic about something
- v. to leak out through a small hole
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Poured out freely; profuse.
- adj. Disposed to pour out freely; prodigal.
- adj. Spreading loosely, especially on one side.
- adj. Having the lips, or edges, of the aperture abruptly spreading; -- said of certain shells.
- n. Effusion; loss.
- transitive v. To pour out like a stream or freely; to cause to exude; to shed.
- intransitive v. To emanate; to issue.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To pour out, as a fluid; spill; shed.
- Poured out freely; profuse.
- In botany: Very loosely spreading, as a panicle, etc.
- In lichenology, spread out without definite form or figure: opposed to effigurate.
- In zoology: In conchology, applied to shells where the aperture is not whole behind, but the lips are separated by a gap or groove.
- In entomology, loosely joined; composed of parts which are almost separated from one another: opposed to compact or coarctate.
- n. Effusion; outpouring; loss; waste.
- To flow, as a fluid, through an aperture or through a porous partition the openings in which are large compared with the diameter of a molecule.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. give out or emit (also metaphorically)
- v. flow or spill forth
- v. pour out
Latin effūsus, past participle of effundere, to pour out : ex-, ex- + fundere, to pour; see gheu- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)