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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.
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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.
Four physicists at the University of Florence summarize the theory of light propagation through diffusive media, and enclose software on the disk that serves as a computational tool giving users an interactive approach to understanding the link between theory and real calculations.
At the local level, however, the short-range epidemic coupling induced by commuting flows creates a synchrony between neighboring regions and a local diffusive pattern with the epidemic flowing from subpopulations with major hubs into the neighboring subpopulations.
The diffusive smooth transition to core material in this depth beneath surface is distinct in Fig.
Lowest stomatal diffusive resistance was observed in NAA at 25 ppm (T6) with the mean value of 6.
2] diffusive conductance which match the growing fetal mass (Mayhew, 2006).
Observation and analysis of optically diffusive surfaces is a weakness of conventional optical systems, but it presents little difficulty for the BW-H501," said Mike Metzger, General Manager, Industrial Microscopy & Metrology.
A subsample of 271 nonsmoking women carried a diffusive air sampler for a week during the 27th gestational week, allowing assessment of benzene exposure.
The multiscale modelling, the notion of internal variables, the specific theories for describing the behaviour of complex materials, the enhanced theories for understanding turbulent and diffusive processes, etc--this is just a short list of important new results.