I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin diffusus, past participle of diffundere to spread out, from dis- + fundere to pour — more at found Date: 15th century 1. being at once verbose and ill-organized 2. not concentrated or localized <
diffuse sclerosis
diffuse lighting
Synonyms: see wordydiffusely adverbdiffuseness noun II. verb (diffused; diffusing) Etymology: Middle English diffused, past participle, from Latin diffusus, past participle Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. a. to pour out and permit or cause to spread freely b. extend, scatter c. to spread thinly or wastefully 2. to subject to diffusion; especially to break up and distribute (incident light) by reflection intransitive verb 1. to spread out or become transmitted especially by contact 2. to undergo diffusion • diffusible adjective

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  • Diffuse — Dif*fuse , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Diffused}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Diffusing}.] [L. diffusus, p. p. of diffundere to pour out, to diffuse; dif = dis + fundere to pour. See {Fuse} to melt.] To pour out and cause to spread, as a fluid; to cause to flow on …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Diffuse — Dif*fuse , a. [L. diffusus, p. p.] Poured out; widely spread; not restrained; copious; full; esp., of style, opposed to {concise} or {terse}; verbose; prolix; as, a diffuse style; a diffuse writer. [1913 Webster] A diffuse and various knowledge… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Diffuse — Dif*fuse , v. i. To pass by spreading every way, to diffuse itself. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • diffusé — diffusé, ée (di ffu zé, zée) part. passé. Terme didactique. Répandu par diffusion. •   Les plantes montrèrent combien est rapide l action de la lumière qu elles reçoivent comme par une sorte de sens diffusé dans leurs corolles, FAYE Comptes… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • diffuse — adj prolix, redundant, verbose, *wordy Analogous words: *profuse, lavish, exuberant: desultory, casual, *random: copious (see PLENTIFUL): *loose, relaxed, slack, lax Antonyms: succinct Contrasted words: * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • diffuse — [adj1] spread out broadcast, catholic, circulated, diluted, dispersed, disseminated, distributed, expanded, extended, general, prevalent, propagated, radiated, scattered, separated, strewn, thin, unconcentrated, universal, widespread; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • diffuse — I verb bespread, besprinkle, bestrew, break up, broadcast, cast forth, circulate, circumfuse, commingle, deal out, decentralize, diffundere, diffundi, disband, disintegrate, disperse, dispread, disseminate, dissipate, distribute, effuse, go in… …   Law dictionary

  • diffuse — (v.) 1520s (trans.), 1650s (intrans.), from L. diffusus, pp. of diffundere to pour out or away (see DIFFUSION (Cf. diffusion)). Related: Diffused; diffusing. The adj. is attested from early 15c., from L. diffusus …   Etymology dictionary

  • diffuse — ► VERB 1) spread over a wide area. 2) Physics (of a gas or liquid) travel or spread by diffusion. ► ADJECTIVE 1) spread out over a large area; not concentrated. 2) lacking clarity or conciseness. DERIVATIVES diffusely adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • diffuse — [di fyo͞os′; ] for v. [, difyo͞oz′] adj. [ME < L diffusus, pp. of diffundere, to pour in different directions < dis , apart + fundere, to pour: see FOUND2] 1. spread out or dispersed; not concentrated 2. using more words than are needed;… …   English World dictionary

  • diffuse — diffuses, diffusing, diffused (The verb is pronounced [[t]dɪfju͟ːz[/t]]. The adjective is pronounced [[t]dɪfju͟ːs[/t]].) 1) V ERG If something such as knowledge or information is diffused, or if it diffuses somewhere, it is made known over a wide …   English dictionary

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