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

dif·fu′sive·ly adv.
dif·fu′sive·ness n.
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1. (General Physics) characterized by diffusion
2. (Anthropology & Ethnology) characterized by diffusion
difˈfusively adv
difˈfusiveness n
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(dɪˈfyu sɪv)

tending to diffuse; characterized by diffusion.
dif•fu′sive•ly, adv.
dif•fu′sive•ness, n.
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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.
Air Sampling Equipment Market -- Competitive Landscape In January 2019, Restek launched radiello passive, diffusive air sampling badge for VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds).
His diffusive internal commentary spans the delicate nature of social exchanges, observations of his own traits, and full descriptions of settings.
Among the work funded is the 2.6 million [euro], Sub-Poissonian Photon Gun by Coherent Diffusive Photonics (PhoG) project, led by the University of St Andrews.
Absolute recovery, expressed as the amount of di- and tripeptides sampled by induced diffusion across the microdialysis membranes per unit time (induced diffusive flux rates) measured relative to the standard solution, was strongly influenced by perfusate flow rate.
where q is the vector of the conservative variables, ([F.sub.c], [G.sub.c]) are the nonlinear convective fluxes, and ([F.sub.v], [G.sub.v]) are the diffusive fluxes.
In this paper, within the framework of "Lithuanian Air Monitoring System Modernization Using Diffusive Samplers" (LAQMO) project for the first time were evaluated the concentrations of S[O.sub.2] and N[O.sub.2] by determining the ambient concentration using the passive sampling method at 375 sites in Lithuania.