diffuser

noun
dif·​fus·​er | \di-ˈfyü-zər \

Definition of diffuser 

1 : one that diffuses: such as

a : a device (such as a reflector) for distributing the light of a lamp evenly

b : a screen (as of cloth or frosted glass) for softening lighting (as in photography)

c : a device (such as slats at different angles) for deflecting air from an outlet in various directions

2 : a device for reducing the velocity and increasing the static pressure of a fluid passing through a system

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Add a few drops to your essential oil diffuser to make the whole house smell like Christmas, or apply topically to your temples, neck, and behind your ears for instant relaxation. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "These Essential Oils Will Make Your Entire Home Smell Like Christmas," 14 Oct. 2018 Lavender bath bombs; lavender candles; deodorizing lavender sachets for your shoes, car or underwear drawer; lavender diffusers; lavender essential oils; even lavender chill pills for humans and dogs. Joanna Klein, The Seattle Times, "Lavender’s soothing scent could be more than just folk medicine," 26 Oct. 2018 This diffuser will calm you down and keep those close quarters smelling fresh. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "15 Care Package Items for Every Kind of College Student," 2 Aug. 2018 Each is a very aggressive steel drum with this delicate silk thread strung across the opening to serve as a light diffuser. Christine Pittel, House Beautiful, "Designing a Modern Kitchen," 22 May 2014 There are active aero flaps in the hood, the front splitter, and the rear diffuser; the articulating rear wing can act as an active air brake; and the car’s underside is completely smooth and flat. Tony Markovich, Car and Driver, "With 1888 HP, the Rimac C_Two Puts Croatia on the Supercar Map," 7 Mar. 2018 From electronic diffusers to plug-in fresheners, there's no shortage of ways to make our homes smell good. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, "Home Fragrances: A Brief History, From Ancient Egypt To Today," 5 Aug. 2016 There's a new front diffuser and a much bigger rear wing. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Faster than an F1 car: Porsche is breaking records with the 919 Hybrid," 9 Apr. 2018 Spray a bunch in and scrunch the hair with your hands or dry with a diffuser for lots of kinky fun curl. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Shop Every Beauty Product Drew Barrymore Swears By," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of diffuser

1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for diffuser

diffuse entry 2 + -er entry 2

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