Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

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