from The Century Dictionary.
- Tending to flow away on all sides; not fixed; readily dissolving.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective rare Flowing apart or off; dissolving; not fixed.
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- adjective Flowing apart or off; dissolving; not fixed.
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This tendency is peculiarly marked, of course, in artists possessing the "diffluent" type of imagination, and
Schizomycetes, the various elements being glued together, as it were, by their enormously swollen and diffluent cell-walls becoming contiguous.
It was a condition chiefly confined to the caudal end, the sarcode having became diffluent, hyaline, and intensely rapid in the protrusion and retraction of its substance, while the nuclear body becomes enormously enlarged.
At the end of some five weeks, the common duration of life, the structure of the cord was represented by a semi-diffluent yellowish material, the consistence of which was so deficient in firmness as to allow the partial collapse of the membranes covering the affected portion, so as to exhibit a definite narrowing when the whole was held up (see fig. 79).
The bone had not apparently been sufficiently depressed to exert continuous pressure, but the cord was diffluent and actually destroyed over an area corresponding with the fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh dorsal segments.
D, E, H. Colonies of _Myconostoc_ enveloped in diffluent matrix.
The spinal cord was practically gone between the levels of the fourth and seventh dorsal vertebræ, and diffluent from myelitis up to the third cervical.
There is of course a typical difference between the "plastic" imagination, dealing with clear images, objective relations, and seen at its best in the arts of form like sculpture and architecture, and that "diffluent" imagination which prefers vaguely outlined images, which is markedly subjective and emotional, and of which modern music like Debussy's is a good example.
But the sense of the infinite fusibility and change in the objective world is deeper than that revealed in any one type of diffluent imagination.
The music of “Sleep On!” is very sweet, and I have never seen heroic verse in which the rhyme was less obtrusive or the rhythm more diffluent.