from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or process of infusing.
- n. Something infused or introduced: an economy in need of regular capital infusions.
- n. The liquid product obtained by infusing: prepared an infusion of medicinal herbs.
- n. Introduction of a solution into the body through a vein for therapeutic purposes.
- n. The solution so introduced: a sucrose infusion.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A product consisting of a liquid which has had other ingredients steeped in it to extract useful qualities.
- n. The act of steeping or soaking a substance in liquid so as to extract medicinal or herbal qualities.
- n. The act of installing a quality into a person.
- n. The act of dipping into a fluid.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of infusing, pouring in, or instilling; instillation
- n. That which is infused; suggestion; inspiration.
- n. The act of plunging or dipping into a fluid; immersion.
- n. The act or process of steeping or soaking any substance in water in order to extract its active principles.
- n. The liquid extract obtained by this process.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of infusing, pouring in, imbuing, or instilling: as, the infusion of good principles.
- n. That which is infused or diffused; something poured in or mingled.
- n. The process of steeping a substance, as a plant, in water, in order to extract its virtues.
- n. A liquid extract or essence obtained by steeping a vegetable substance.
- n. A pouring, or pouring out, as upon an object; affusion: formerly used of that method of baptism in which the water is poured upon the person.
- n. The introduction into a vein of a quantity of saline solution or other fluid for therapeutic purposes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (medicine) the passive introduction of a substance (a fluid or drug or electrolyte) into a vein or between tissues (as by gravitational force)
- n. the process of extracting certain active properties (as a drug from a plant) by steeping or soaking (usually in water)
- n. a solution obtained by steeping or soaking a substance (usually in water)
- n. the act of infusing or introducing a certain modifying element or quality
Latin infusio ("a pouring into, a wetting, a dyeing, a flow"), from infundo (Wiktionary)