from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of pouring a liquid over something.
  • n. The state of being wet.
  • n. The state of becoming red on the surface.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of suffusing, or state of being suffused; an overspreading.
  • n. That with which a thing is suffused.
  • n. A blending of one color into another; the spreading of one color over another, as on the feathers of birds.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or operation of suffusing or overspreading, as with a fluid or a color; also, the state of being suffused or overspread.
  • n. That which is suffused or spread over, as an extravasation of blood.
  • n. In entomology, a peculiar variegation, observed especially in Lepidoptera, in which the colors appear to be blended or run together.

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

  • n. the process of permeating or infusing something with a substance


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  • The tenderness of their green appeared under the glaucous mantle; while that grey suffusion, which is the blush of green life, spread its damask chastity.

    Lorna Doone

  • And as quickly as it had come to me, that sense of purpose, of belonging, it has dissipated, leaving behind only the warm suffusion of what there might someday be.

    Between Expectations

  • I had longed for that twisted suffusion of cells, that genre of lovemaking that only our kind can do.

    Magic X

  • Beyond the tilled plain, beyond the toy roofs, there would be a slow suffusion of inutile loveliness, a low sun in a platinum haze with a warm, peeled-peach tinge pervading the upper edge of a two-dimensional dove-grey cloud fusing with the distant amorous mist.

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  • A low-voltage landscape spotlight created the desired level and suffusion of light.

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  • Not without its playfulness and deadpan jokes, the uprooted Malay setting serves for a far more morose, empty and searching film, one whose suffusion with the dripping evening heat, lumberingly slow bodily movement, and general languor serve out the dance between the immigrants in a kind of humid, sorrowful slow motion.

    GreenCine Daily: I Don't Want to Sleep Alone.

  • He was not so bewildered in his own hurried reflections but that he remarked, that the deadly paleness which had occupied her neck and temples, and such of her features as the riding-mask left exposed, gave place to a deep and rosy suffusion; and he felt with embarrassment that a flush was by tacit sympathy excited in his own cheeks.

    The Bride of Lammermoor

  • The tranquillity upon the deep, and on the firmament, the orderly withdrawal of the stars, the calm promise of coming day, the rosy suffusion of the sky and waters, the ineffable splendour that then burst forth, attuned my mind afresh after the discords of the night.

    George Silvermans's Explanation

  • Hence the glorious suffusion of light which the ardent desire of men brought over the face of Europe in the latter half of the fifteenth century.


  • Thus there is a fervour in his love-making — a suffusion of his whole being with the rapture of his passion — that sheds a glory on its object, and raises her, before the eyes of the audience, into the light in which he sees her.

    Miscellaneous Papers


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