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 (dĭ-fyo͞o′sĭv, -zĭv)
Characterized by diffusion.

dif·fu′sive·ly adv.
dif·fu′sive·ness n.


1. (General Physics) characterized by diffusion
2. (Anthropology & Ethnology) characterized by diffusion
difˈfusively adv
difˈfusiveness n


(dɪˈfyu sɪv)

tending to diffuse; characterized by diffusion.
dif•fu′sive•ly, adv.
dif•fu′sive•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.diffusive - spreading by diffusion
distributive - serving to distribute or allot or disperse
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The superiority of influence in favor of the particular governments would result partly from the diffusive construction of the national government, but chiefly from the nature of the objects to which the attention of the State administrations would be directed.
In the next place, as each representative will be chosen by a greater number of citizens in the large than in the small republic, it will be more difficult for unworthy candidates to practice with success the vicious arts by which elections are too often carried; and the suffrages of the people being more free, will be more likely to centre in men who possess the most attractive merit and the most diffusive and established characters.
Fred was not a gambler: he had not that specific disease in which the suspension of the whole nervous energy on a chance or risk becomes as necessary as the dram to the drunkard; he had only the tendency to that diffusive form of gambling which has no alcoholic intensity, but is carried on with the healthiest chyle-fed blood, keeping up a joyous imaginative activity which fashions events according to desire, and having no fears about its own weather, only sees the advantage there must be to others in going aboard with it.
So deeply inherent is it in this life of ours that men have to suffer for each other's sins, so inevitably diffusive is human suffering, that even justice makes its victims, and we can conceive no retribution that does not spread beyond its mark in pulsations of unmerited pain.
Lexan FXD9332T resin is a diffusive material that can be used to create covers for LED light sources given its inherent satin-like surface texture that helps scatter light and eliminate hot spots.
In 2008, Ateshian's group demonstrated this phenomenon for the first time using a small sphere articulated against a cartilage plug, showing that interstitial pressure was maintained indefinitely if the contact area moved faster than the diffusive speed of the synovial fluid.
The fractional model is transformed by means of a diffusive representation, which allows to analyse the energy balance and the stability of the model.
The influential reaction-diffusion model postulates that patterns emerge during development under the influence of poorly diffusive activators and highly diffusive inhibitors, and we have recently found biophysical evidence supporting the differential diffusivity of the activator Nodal and its inhibitor Lefty in zebrafish embryos.
Well, just interested,' I said, diffusive but not backing down.
Makrolon RW2405 and Makrolon RW6265X polycarbonate grades offer high diffusive reflectivity (up to 96 percent), excellent surface quality and molded-in color to eliminate costly secondary operations such as plating, painting and coating.
2] transport in three compartments of flat-sheet membrane module is obtained using Fick's law of diffusion for estimation of diffusive flux as:
Muscat, Jan 14 (ONA) The Ministry of Environment and Climate Affairs, in collaboration with Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) in the United Kingdom (UK), organized a seminar on environmental analysis for heavy chemical elements using Diffusive Gradients in Thin Layer - DGT - for the first time in the Sultanate.