adjective Date: 1614 tending to diffuse ; characterized by diffusion <
diffusive motion of atoms
diffusively adverbdiffusiveness noundiffusivity noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Diffusive — Dif*fu sive, a. [Cf. F. diffusif.] Having the quality of diffusing; capable of spreading every way by flowing; spreading widely; widely reaching; copious; diffuse. A plentiful and diffusive perfume. Hare. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • diffusive — index extensive Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • diffusive — [di fyo͞o′siv] adj. [ML diffusivus] 1. tending to diffuse 2. characterized by diffusion 3. diffuse diffusively adv. diffusiveness n …   English World dictionary

  • diffusive — diffusion ► NOUN 1) the action or process of becoming spread over a wide area. 2) Physics the intermingling of substances by the natural movement of their particles. DERIVATIVES diffusive adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • diffusive — diffusively, adv. diffusiveness, n. /di fyooh siv/, adj. tending to diffuse; characterized by diffusion. [1605 15; DIFFUSE + IVE] * * * …   Universalium

  • diffusive — adjective Of, pertaining to, or caused by diffusion …   Wiktionary

  • diffusive — dif·fu·sive || dɪ fjuːsɪv adj. tending to spread out; tending to scatter …   English contemporary dictionary

  • diffusive — a. 1. Expansive, wide reaching, permeating. 2. Spreading in every direction …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • diffusive — dif·fu·sive …   English syllables

  • diffusive — dif•fu•sive [[t]dɪˈfyu sɪv[/t]] adj. tending to diffuse; characterized by diffusion • Etymology: 1605–15 dif•fu′sive•ly, adv. dif•fu′sive•ness, n …   From formal English to slang

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