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Meaning of DIFFUSE

Pronunciation:  [adj]di'fyoos, [v]di'fyooz, dif'yoos

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  spread out; not concentrated in one place; "a large diffuse organization"
  2. [adj]  lacking conciseness; "a diffuse historical novel"
  3. [v]  cause to become widely known; "spread information"; "circulate a rumor"; "broadcast the news"
  4. [v]  spread or diffuse through; "An atmosphere of distrust has permeated this administration"; "music penetrated the entire building"
  5. [v]  move outward; "The soldiers fanned out"

DIFFUSE is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: broadcast, circularise, circularize, circulate, disperse, disseminate, distribute, distributed, fan out, imbue, interpenetrate, pass around, penetrate, permeate, pervade, prolix, propagate, spread, spread, spread out
 See Also: air, bare, bleed, carry, creep, distribute, generalise, generalize, go around, grow over, mantle, percolate, perforate, popularise, popularize, publicise, publicize, run, run, sough, sow, spiritise, spiritize, vulgarise, vulgarize



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dif*fuse"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Diffused}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Diffusing}.] [L. diffusus, p. p. of diffundere to
    pour out, to diffuse; dif- = dis- + fundere to pour. See
    {Fuse} to melt.]
    To pour out and cause to spread, as a fluid; to cause to flow
    on all sides; to send out, or extend, in all directions; to
    spread; to circulate; to disseminate; to scatter; as to
    diffuse information.
          Thence diffuse His good to worlds and ages infinite.
          We find this knowledge diffused among all civilized
          nations.                                 --Whewell.
    Syn: To expand; spread; circulate; extend; scatter; disperse;
         publish; proclaim.
  2. \Dif*fuse"\, v. i.
    To pass by spreading every way, to diffuse itself.
  3. \Dif*fuse"\, a. [L. diffusus, p. p.]
    Poured out; widely spread; not restrained; copious; full;
    esp., of style, opposed to {concise} or {terse}; verbose;
    prolix; as, a diffuse style; a diffuse writer.
          A diffuse and various knowledge of divine and human
          things.                                  --Milton.
    Syn: Prolix; verbose; wide; copious; full. See {Prolix}.
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