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Related to diffuse: Diffuse axonal injury
to pour out and spread; to scatter widely or thinly; disseminate: diffuse the seeds
Not to be confused with:
defuse – to remove the fuse from; to make less dangerous or tense: His apology defused a potentially ugly situation.
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v. dif·fused, dif·fus·ing, dif·fus·es
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.
1. To become widely dispersed; spread out: The hormone diffuses throughout the body.
2. Physics To undergo diffusion.
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.
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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
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]
difˌfusiˈbility, difˈfusibleness n
Usage: Avoid confusion with defuse
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
dif•fuse(v. dɪˈfyuz; adj. -ˈfyus)
v. -fused, -fusing,
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•fus′i•ble (-ˈfyu zə bəl) adj.
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diffuse- Based on Latin diffundere, "pour out," from fundere, "pour," it means "to spread out."
See also related terms for pour.
Farlex Trivia Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.
Past participle: diffused
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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|Verb||1.||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"
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"
|3.||diffuse - cause to become widely known; "spread information"; "circulate a rumor"; "broadcast the news"|
disseminate, pass around, circulate, broadcast, circularise, circularize, spread, disperse, propagate, distribute
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"
|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"
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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
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.
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A. [dɪˈfjuːs] ADJ (= spread out) [light] → difuso; (= long-winded) [style, writer] → difuso, prolijo
B. [dɪˈfjuːz] VT [+ light] → difundir; [+ heat] → difundir, esparcir; [+ information, ideas] → difundir
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
adj (= not concentrated) → diffus(e)
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
vt light, heat, gas, rays → ausstrahlen, verbreiten; fluid → ausgießen, ausschütten; (Chem) → diffundieren, verwischen; perfume → verbreiten, verströmen; (fig) knowledge, custom, news → verbreiten; tension → verringern, abbauen
vi → ausstrahlen, sich ver- or ausbreiten; (fluid) → sich ausbreiten; (Chem) → diffundieren, sich verwischen; (perfume, odour) → ausströmen; (fig, custom, news) → sich verbreiten; (tension) → sich verringern
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
diffuse[vb dɪˈfjuːz; adj dɪˈfjuːs]
2. vi → diffondersi
3. adj (light) → diffuso/a; (style, writing) → prolisso/a; (organization) → ramificato/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
to (cause to) spread in all directions. versprei يَنْشُر разпространявам difundir rozptýlit (se) zerstreuen sprede; udbrede διαχέωdifundir levitama پخش کردن؛ پراکنده کردن levitä diffuser, répandre לְפָזֵר फैलाना, छितराना, फैला हुआ rasprostirati se, širiti se áraszt menyebar dreifa diffondere 広める 퍼지게 하다 sklisti, (iš)sklaidyti izplatīt; izplatīties; izkliedēt menyebarkan verspreidenspre rozprzestrzeniać się شيندل، تيتول، خپرول: تيتېدل، شيندل، كېدل، خپرېدل difundir a (se) difuza, a (se) răspândi распространять rozptýliť sa razpršiti (se) rasprostirati se sprida[s], sprida sig แพร่กระจาย yaymak 使擴散 розповсюджувати; поширювати منتشر کرنا phổ biến 使扩散
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vt. difundir, extender.
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