from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Characterized by diffusion.

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  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or caused by diffusion

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the quality of diffusing; capable of spreading every way by flowing; spreading widely; widely reaching; copious; diffuse.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having the quality of diffusing or spreading by flowing, as fluids, or of dispersing, as minute particles: as, water, air, light, dust, smoke, and odors are diffusive substances.
  • Extending in all directions; widely reaching; extensive: as, diffusive charity or benevolence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. spreading by diffusion


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