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dif·fuse

 (dĭ-fyo͞oz′)
v. dif·fused, dif·fus·ing, dif·fus·es
v.tr.
1. To cause to spread out freely: smoke that is diffused throughout the room.
2. To make known to or cause to be used by large numbers of people; disseminate: diffuses ideas over the internet.
3. To make less brilliant; soften: light that is diffused through frosted glass.
4. To make less intense; weaken: a remark that diffused the tension in the interview.
5. Physics To cause to undergo diffusion.
v.intr.
1. To become widely dispersed; spread out: The hormone diffuses throughout the body.
2. Physics To undergo diffusion.
adj. (dĭ-fyo͞os′)
1. Widely spread or scattered; not concentrated: Diffuse light is often hard to read by.
2. Wordy or unclear: a diffuse description. See Synonyms at wordy.

[From Middle English, dispersed, from Anglo-Norman diffus, from Latin diffūsus, past participle of diffundere, to spread : dis-, out, apart; see dis- + fundere, to pour; see gheu- in Indo-European roots.]

dif·fuse′ly (-fyo͞os′lē) adv.
dif·fuse′ness (-fyo͞os′nĭs) n.

diffuse

vb
1. to spread or cause to spread in all directions
2. (General Physics) to undergo or cause to undergo diffusion
3. to scatter or cause to scatter; disseminate; disperse
adj
4. spread out over a wide area
5. lacking conciseness
6. (Botany) (esp of some creeping stems) spreading loosely over a large area
7. (General Physics) characterized by or exhibiting diffusion: diffuse light; diffuse reflection.
8. (Botany) botany (of plant growth) occurring throughout a tissue
[C15: from Latin diffūsus spread abroad, from diffundere to pour forth, from dis- away + fundere to pour]
diffusely adv
difˈfuseness n
diffusible adj
difˌfusiˈbility, difˈfusibleness n
Usage: Avoid confusion with defuse

dif•fuse

(v. dɪˈfyuz; adj. -ˈfyus)

v. -fused, -fusing,
adj. v.t.
1. to pour out and spread: oil diffused over a surface.
2. to spread or scatter widely or thinly; disseminate.
3. Physics. to spread or scatter by diffusion.
v.i.
4. to spread.
5. Physics. to intermingle by diffusion.
adj.
6. characterized by great length or discursiveness in speech or writing; wordy.
7. widely spread or scattered; dispersed.
[1350–1400; < Latin diffūsus, past participle of diffundere to spread over, diffuse =dif- dif- + fundere to pour]
dif•fuse′ly (-ˈfyus li) adv.
dif•fuse′ness, n.
dif•fus′i•ble (-ˈfyu zə bəl) adj.
dif•fus`i•bil′i•ty, n.

diffuse

- Based on Latin diffundere, "pour out," from fundere, "pour," it means "to spread out."
See also related terms for pour.

diffuse


Past participle: diffused
Gerund: diffusing

Imperative
diffuse
diffuse
Present
I diffuse
you diffuse
he/she/it diffuses
we diffuse
you diffuse
they diffuse
Preterite
I diffused
you diffused
he/she/it diffused
we diffused
you diffused
they diffused
Present Continuous
I am diffusing
you are diffusing
he/she/it is diffusing
we are diffusing
you are diffusing
they are diffusing
Present Perfect
I have diffused
you have diffused
he/she/it has diffused
we have diffused
you have diffused
they have diffused
Past Continuous
I was diffusing
you were diffusing
he/she/it was diffusing
we were diffusing
you were diffusing
they were diffusing
Past Perfect
I had diffused
you had diffused
he/she/it had diffused
we had diffused
you had diffused
they had diffused
Future
I will diffuse
you will diffuse
he/she/it will diffuse
we will diffuse
you will diffuse
they will diffuse
Future Perfect
I will have diffused
you will have diffused
he/she/it will have diffused
we will have diffused
you will have diffused
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Future Continuous
I will be diffusing
you will be diffusing
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we will be diffusing
you will be diffusing
they will be diffusing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been diffusing
you have been diffusing
he/she/it has been diffusing
we have been diffusing
you have been diffusing
they have been diffusing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been diffusing
you will have been diffusing
he/she/it will have been diffusing
we will have been diffusing
you will have been diffusing
they will have been diffusing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been diffusing
you had been diffusing
he/she/it had been diffusing
we had been diffusing
you had been diffusing
they had been diffusing
Conditional
I would diffuse
you would diffuse
he/she/it would diffuse
we would diffuse
you would diffuse
they would diffuse
Past Conditional
I would have diffused
you would have diffused
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we would have diffused
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.diffuse - move outward; "The soldiers fanned out"
spread, distribute - distribute or disperse widely; "The invaders spread their language all over the country"
percolate - spread gradually; "Light percolated into our house in the morning"
creep - grow or spread, often in such a way as to cover (a surface); "ivy crept over the walls of the university buildings"
bleed, run - be diffused; "These dyes and colors are guaranteed not to run"
mantle - spread over a surface, like a mantle
2.diffuse - spread or diffuse through; "An atmosphere of distrust has permeated this administration"; "music penetrated the entire building"; "His campaign was riddled with accusations and personal attacks"
penetrate, perforate - pass into or through, often by overcoming resistance; "The bullet penetrated her chest"
spiritise, spiritize - imbue with a spirit
3.diffuse - cause to become widely known; "spread information"; "circulate a rumor"; "broadcast the news"
publicize, bare, publicise, air - make public; "She aired her opinions on welfare"
podcast - distribute (multimedia files) over the internet for playback on a mobile device or a personal computer
sow - introduce into an environment; "sow suspicion or beliefs"
circulate, go around, spread - become widely known and passed on; "the rumor spread"; "the story went around in the office"
popularise, popularize, vulgarise, vulgarize, generalise, generalize - cater to popular taste to make popular and present to the general public; bring into general or common use; "They popularized coffee in Washington State"; "Relativity Theory was vulgarized by these authors"
carry, run - include as the content; broadcast or publicize; "We ran the ad three times"; "This paper carries a restaurant review"; "All major networks carried the press conference"
Adj.1.diffuse - spread out; not concentrated in one place; "a large diffuse organization"
distributed - spread out or scattered about or divided up
2.diffuse - (of light) transmitted from a broad light source or reflected
3.diffuse - lacking conciseness; "a diffuse historical novel"
prolix - tediously prolonged or tending to speak or write at great length; "editing a prolix manuscript"; "a prolix lecturer telling you more than you want to know"

diffuse

verb
1. spread, distribute, scatter, circulate, disperse, dispense, dispel, dissipate, propagate, disseminate Our aim is to diffuse new ideas obtained from elsewhere.
adjective
1. spread out, scattered, dispersed, unconcentrated a diffuse community
spread out concentrated
2. rambling, loose, vague, meandering, waffling (informal), long-winded, wordy, discursive, verbose, prolix, maundering, digressive, diffusive, circumlocutory His writing is so diffuse that it is almost impossible to understand.
rambling brief, to the point, concise, terse, succinct, apposite, compendious
Usage: This word is quite commonly misused instead of defuse, when talking about calming down a situation. However, the words are very different in meaning and should never be used as alternatives to each other.

diffuse

verb
To extend over a wide area:
adjective
Using or containing an excessive number of words:
Translations
rozptýlit
spredeudbrede
hajaantuahajotahajottaalevitälevittää
dreifa
išsklaidytisklaidyti
izkliedētizplatītizplatīties
diffussprediffundere

diffuse

A. [dɪˈfjuːs] ADJ (= spread out) [light] → difuso; (= long-winded) [style, writer] → difuso, prolijo
B. [dɪˈfjuːz] VT [+ light] → difundir; [+ heat] → difundir, esparcir; [+ information, ideas] → difundir
C. [dɪˈfjuːz] VI [heat, gas] → difundirse, esparcirse

diffuse

[dɪˈfjuːs]
adj (= not concentrated) → diffus(e)
[dɪˈfjuːz] vt
(= spread) [+ knowledge] → diffuser, répandre
[+ light] → diffuser, répandre

diffuse

vt light, heat, gas, raysausstrahlen, verbreiten; fluidausgießen, ausschütten; (Chem) → diffundieren, verwischen; perfumeverbreiten, verströmen; (fig) knowledge, custom, newsverbreiten; tensionverringern, abbauen
viausstrahlen, sich ver- or ausbreiten; (fluid)sich ausbreiten; (Chem) → diffundieren, sich verwischen; (perfume, odour)ausströmen; (fig, custom, news) → sich verbreiten; (tension)sich verringern
adj
gas, rays, lightdiffus; feelingundeutlich, vage
(= verbose) style, writerlangatmig, weitschweifig

diffuse

[vb dɪˈfjuːz; adj dɪˈfjuːs]
1. vt (light, heat, gas, information) → diffondere; (heat, perfume) → emanare
2. vidiffondersi
3. adj (light) → diffuso/a; (style, writing) → prolisso/a; (organization) → ramificato/a

diffuse

(diˈfjuːz) verb
to (cause to) spread in all directions.

dif·fuse

vt. difundir, extender.

diffuse

adj difuso
References in classic literature ?
The wiser effort would have been to diffuse thought and imagination through the opaque substance of to-day, and thus to make it a bright transparency; to spiritualise the burden that began to weigh so heavily; to seek, resolutely, the true and indestructible value that lay hidden in the petty and wearisome incidents, and ordinary characters with which I was now conversant.
Perkins grew too diffuse about Emma Jane's complexion.
I can hardly imagine the young man whom I saw talking with you the other day could express himself so well, if left quite to his own powers, and yet it is not the style of a woman; no, certainly, it is too strong and concise; not diffuse enough for a woman.
On such a subject," sighing heavily, "can I have little temptation to be diffuse.
My work, which had appeared so vague, so hopelessly diffuse, condensed itself as he proceeded, and assumed a definite form under his shaping hand.
There was nothing very cheerful in the climate or the town, and yet was there an air of cheerfulness abroad that the clearest summer air and brightest summer sun might have endeavoured to diffuse in vain.
Great triumph and rejoycing was in Heav'n When such was heard declar'd the Almightie's will; Glorie they sung to the most High, good will To future men, and in thir dwellings peace: Glorie to him whose just avenging ire Had driven out th' ungodly from his sight And th' habitations of the just; to him Glorie and praise, whose wisdom had ordain'd Good out of evil to create, in stead Of Spirits maligne a better Race to bring Into thir vacant room, and thence diffuse His good to Worlds and Ages infinite.
And the increased intercourse among those of different States will contribute not a little to diffuse a mutual knowledge of their affairs, as this again will contribute to a general assimilation of their manners and laws.
The nights are either brilliantly illumined or very dark, for if neither of the two moons of Mars happen to be in the sky almost total darkness results, since the lack of atmosphere, or, rather, the very thin atmosphere, fails to diffuse the starlight to any great extent; on the other hand, if both of the moons are in the heavens at night the surface of the ground is brightly illuminated.
I began to fear as I wrote in this book that I was getting too diffuse.
Bennet was diffuse in her good wishes for the felicity of her daughter, and impressive in her injunctions that she should not miss the opportunity of enjoying herself as much as possible-- advice which there was every reason to believe would be well attended to; and in the clamorous happiness of Lydia herself in bidding farewell, the more gentle adieux of her sisters were uttered without being heard.
on entering the school-room, to feel that her sole presence sufficed to diffuse that order and quiet which all the remonstrances, and even commands, of her underlings frequently failed to enforce; she liked to stand in comparison, or rather--contrast, with those who surrounded her, and to know that in personal as well as mental advantages, she bore away the undisputed palm of preference--(the three teachers were all plain.