diffusion

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noun dif·fu·sion \di-ˈfyü-zhən\

Definition of diffusion

  1. 1 :  the state of being spread out or transmitted especially by contact :  the action of diffusing the diffusion of knowledge

  2. 2 :  prolixity, diffuseness

  3. 3a chemistry :  the process whereby particles of liquids, gases, or solids intermingle as the result of their spontaneous movement caused by thermal (see 1thermal 2b) agitation and in dissolved substances move from a region of higher to one of lower concentrationb physics (1) :  reflection of light by a rough reflecting surface (2) :  transmission of light through a translucent material :  scattering

  4. 4 :  the spread of cultural elements from one area or group of people to others by contact

  5. 5 photography :  the softening of sharp outlines in an image

diffusional

play \-ˈfyü-zhə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of diffusion in a sentence

  1. the author's tendency toward diffusion makes the novel a tedious read

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Origin and Etymology of diffusion

see 2diffuse


First Known Use: 15th century


DIFFUSION Defined for Kids

diffusion

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noun dif·fu·sion \di-ˈfyü-zhən\

Definition of diffusion for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of spreading or allowing to spread freely

  2. 2 :  the mixing of particles of liquids or gases so that they move from a region of high concentration to one of lower concentration


Medical Dictionary

diffusion

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noun dif·fu·sion \dif-ˈyü-zhən\

Medical Definition of diffusion

  1. 1:  the process whereby particles of liquids, gases, or solids intermingle as the result of their spontaneous movement caused by thermal agitation and in dissolved substances move from a region of higher to one of lower concentration

  2. 2a:  reflection of light by a rough reflecting surfaceb:  transmission of light through a translucent material

diffusional

\-ˈyüzh-nəl, -ən-əl\play adjective


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