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diffuse

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adjective dif·fuse \di-ˈfyüs\

Definition of diffuse

  1. 1 :  being at once verbose and ill-organized a diffuse report from the scene of the earthquake

  2. 2 :  not concentrated or localized diffuse lighting diffuse sclerosis

diffusely

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diffuseness

noun

Examples of diffuse in a Sentence

  1. The forest was filled with a soft, diffuse light.

  2. a diffuse speech that took a great deal of time to make a very small point

Origin and Etymology of diffuse

Middle English, from Latin diffusus, past participle of diffundere to spread out, from dis- + fundere to pour — more at found


First Known Use: 1612

Synonym Discussion of diffuse

wordy, verbose, prolix, diffuse mean using more words than necessary to express thought. wordy may also imply loquaciousness or garrulity. a wordy speech verbose suggests a resulting dullness, obscurity, or lack of incisiveness or precision. the verbose position papers prolix suggests unreasonable and tedious dwelling on details. habitually transformed brief anecdotes into prolix sagas diffuse stresses lack of compactness and pointedness of style. diffuse memoirs that are so many shaggy-dog stories

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diffuse

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verb dif·fuse \di-ˈfyüz\

Definition of diffuse

diffused

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diffusing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to pour out and permit or cause to spread freely a drop of blue dye diffused in a glass of waterb :  extend, scatter diffusing their ideas throughout the continentc :  to spread thinly or wastefully a government in which power is diffused

  3. 2 physics :  to subject to diffusion (see diffusion 3); especially :  to break up and distribute (incident light) by reflection put up a screen to diffuse the light

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to spread out or become transmitted especially by contact The civilization diffused westward.

  6. 2 :  to undergo diffusion heat from the radiator diffusing throughout the room

diffusible

play \di-ˈfyü-zə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of diffuse in a Sentence

  1. The heat from the radiator diffuses throughout the room.

  2. The heat was diffused throughout the room.

  3. The photographer uses a screen to diffuse the light.

  4. an area of diffused light

Origin and Etymology of diffuse

Middle English diffused, past participle, from Latin diffusus, past participle —see 1diffuse


First Known Use: 15th century


DIFFUSE Defined for English Language Learners

diffuse

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adjective

Definition of diffuse for English Language Learners

  • : spread out over a large space : not concentrated in one area

diffuse

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verb

Definition of diffuse for English Language Learners

  • : to spread out : to move freely throughout a large area

  • : to exist or be known throughout an area

  • : to cause (light) to be soft and spread out


DIFFUSE Defined for Kids

diffuse

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verb dif·fuse \di-ˈfyüz\

Definition of diffuse for Students

diffused

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diffusing

  1. :  to spread or allow to spread freely The frosted window diffused the sunlight.


Medical Dictionary

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diffuse

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adjective dif·fuse \dif-ˈyüs\

Medical Definition of diffuse

  1. :  not concentrated or localized diffuse sclerosis


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diffuse

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verb dif·fuse \dif-ˈyüz\

Medical Definition of diffuse

diffused

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diffusing

  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to subject (as a light beam) to diffusion

  4. 2:  to break up and distribute (incident light) by reflection (as from a rough surface)

  5. intransitive verb

  6. :  to undergo diffusion



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