verb ef·fuse \i-ˈfyüz, e-\

Definition of EFFUSE

transitive verb
:  to pour out (a liquid)
intransitive verb
:  to flow out :  emanate
:  to make a great or excessive display of enthusiasm <they effused about his accomplishments>

Examples of EFFUSE

  1. <pundits who should have known better effused endlessly about this idealistic but naive senator>

Origin of EFFUSE

Latin effusus, past participle of effundere, from ex- + fundere to pour — more at found
First Known Use: 1526

Related to EFFUSE


adjective ef·fuse \-ˈfyüs\

Definition of EFFUSE

:  diffuse; specifically :  spread out flat without definite form <effuse lichens>

First Known Use of EFFUSE

circa 1530
Medical Dictionary


adjective ef·fuse \i-ˈfyüs, e-\

Medical Definition of EFFUSE

:  spread out flat without definite form <an effuse colony of bacteria>


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