• WordNet 3.6
    • adj diffuse spread out; not concentrated in one place "a large diffuse organization"
    • adj diffuse lacking conciseness "a diffuse historical novel"
    • adj diffuse (of light) transmitted from a broad light source or reflected
    • v diffuse cause to become widely known "spread information","circulate a rumor","broadcast the news"
    • v 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"
    • v diffuse move outward "The soldiers fanned out"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: You can see a candle flame from 50 Kilometers on a clear, dark night. You can hear the tick of a watch from 6 meters in very quiet conditions. You can taste one gram of salt in 500 liters of water (.0001M). You can detect one drop of perfume diffused throughout a three-room apartment. You can detect the wing of a bee falling on your cheek from a height of one centimeter.
    • a Diffuse 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."
    • v. i Diffuse To pass by spreading every way, to diffuse itself.
    • v. t Diffuse 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • diffuse To pour out and spread, as a fluid; cause to flow and spread.
    • diffuse To spread abroad; scatter; send out or extend in all directions.
    • diffuse Synonyms To scatter, disseminate, circulate, disperse, distribute, propagate.
    • diffuse To spread, as a fluid, by the wandering of its molecules in amongst those of a contiguous fluid. Thus, if a layer of salt water be placed beneath fresh water, the salt water will gradually penetrate into the fresh water, against the action of gravity.
    • diffuse Widely spread or diffused; extended; dispersed; scattered.
    • diffuse Specifically.
    • diffuse In pathology, spreading widely and having no distinctively defined limits: as, a diffuse inflammation or suppuration: opposed to circumscribed.
    • diffuse In boto, spreading widely and loosely.
    • diffuse In embryology, applied to a form of non-deciduate placenta in which the fetal villi form a broad belt.
    • diffuse In zoology, sparse; few and scattered, as markings; especially, in entomology, said of punctures, etc., when they are less thickly set than on a neighboring part from which they appear to be scattered off.
    • diffuse Prolix; using many words; verbose; rambling: said of speakers and writers or their style.
    • diffuse Hard to understand; perplexing; requiring extended effort.
    • diffuse Synonyms Loose, rambling, wordy, long-winded, diluted, spun out.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Diffuse dif-ūz′ to pour out all round: to send out in all directions: to scatter: to circulate: to publish
    • v.i Diffuse to spread, as a liquid does
    • adj Diffuse dif-ūs′ diffused: widely spread: wordy: not concise
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  • Sam Houston
    Sam Houston
    “The benefits of education and of useful knowledge, generally diffused through a community, are essential to the preservation of a free government.”
  • George Eliot
    “Gossip is a sort of smoke that comes from the dirty tobacco-pipes of those who diffuse it: it proves nothing but the bad taste of the smoker.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. diffusus, p. p. of diffundere, to pour out, to diffuse; dif- = dis-, + fundere, to pour. See Fuse to melt


In literature:

The molecular vibration once set up is instantly shared with the aether, and diffused by it throughout space.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
Ventadour's chief object in purchasing Canada was to diffuse the Catholic Religion throughout the new world.
"The Rise of Canada, from Barbarism to Wealth and Civilisation" by Charles Roger
This great event diffused universal joy throughout America, and a corresponding depression among the English people.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
If less than one inch, however, the diffusion of light is not so good.
"Bromide Printing and Enlarging" by John A. Tennant
That is the kind of people that a widely diffused Christianity and a habit of hearing sermons produce.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
Gold, next to iron, is the most widely diffused metal upon the surface of our globe.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 3 No 3, March 1863" by Various
Yet it provides not for diffusing the whole truth.
"The Ordinance of Covenanting" by John Cunningham
General diffusion of knowledge is its distinguishing feature.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 62, No. 384, October 1847" by Various
In such cases, with few exceptions, the pigmentation is usually more or less diffuse.
"Essentials of Diseases of the Skin" by Henry Weightman Stelwagon
How else have these blessings been generally diffused?
"Problems of Expansion" by Whitelaw Reid

In poetry:

To God I cried when troubles rose;
He heard me, and subdued my foes;
He did my rising fears control,
And strength diffused through all my soul.
"Psalm 138" by Isaac Watts
Wake every chord, strike every string,
Diffuse harmonious raptures round;
Ye foreign songsters warbling breathe
The sweetest strains of vocal sound.
"The Power and Beauty of Scottish Song" by Janet Hamilton
Where faction seldom gathers head,
But by degrees to fullness wrought,
The strength of some diffusive thought
Hath time and space to work and spread.
"You Ask Me, Why, Tho' Ill at Ease" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
There sleep, diffused, the long dim hours,
Nor let your love-locks be withdrawn
Till round the world-horizon glowers
The wrath and chaos of the dawn.
"The Flower Of Flame" by Robert Nichols
"There, spicy groves thick foliage spread
The timid virgin's blush to hide;
There, gales which tender languors shed
Diffuse the richest perfumes wide.
"The Origin of the Sail" by Amelia Opie
Since the Evening of Life will soon close,
While I live, may I justly incline
To diffuse peace of heart among those,
Whose lives may be guided by mine!
"Hymn - I" by William Hayley

In news:

Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant RSS.
The Santiaguito dome on Santa Maria in Guatemala, showing a diffuse ash plume and a possible pyroclastic flow in the foreground.
When people hear about diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, do they know what it is.
Head injury causes diffuse or mass lesions.
Joe Robinson 3 weeks ago diffuser.fm.
Snowshoes diffuse their wearer's weight over a wider surface area, making it possible to tramp over feet of unpacked snow that would otherwise have been hardly more supportive than plain water.
Beleaguered HR colleagues, we are confused, abused, diffused and not amused.
Javier Mariscal's Solea sconce with white-glass inner diffuser and rolled-glass outer panels by Leucos, 732-225-0010.
Occupiers' diffuse anger isn't getting the movement where it needs to go.
Jeff Giles 6 hours ago diffuser.fm.
Diffusion has been called in by SumUp to launch its mobile payment system in the UK and Ireland following a competitive pitch.
Andy Reid and the Eagles did their best to diffuse a quarterback controversy on Thursday.
Massimo Iosa Ghini's LED Aria pendant with handblown glass diffuser and lacquered metal canopy by FDV Collection, through Leucos, 732-225-0010.
There's a gaping lower bumper up front, large fender vents behind the front wheels, and a trunk-mounted spoiler and lower diffuser out back.
Six independently controlled channels using permeation or diffusion tubes add trace concentration components to matrix gas.

In science:

In this paper we consider particles diffusing along the edges of a random graph and develop a method for calculating diffusion on a random graph using an algorithm that counts all the paths.
Anomalous diffusion on random graphs
We take D and D0 to be diffusion coefficients for particles of a specified energy as opposed to diffusion coeffi cients of a particle that diffuses in energy as well as space.
Thermal conduction and particle transport in strong MHD turbulence, with application to galaxy-cluster plasmas
This process is indicating subdiffusion: D ≡ lim called double diffusion: the particle diffuses along the fie ld line, and the field line itself is a randomwalk path through space.
Thermal conduction and particle transport in strong MHD turbulence, with application to galaxy-cluster plasmas
For mono-energetic electrons subject to a fixed Coulomb pitc h-angle scattering frequency, the diffusion coefficient Dk,0 for motion along a uniform magnetic field is equal to the three dimensional diffusion coefficient D0 for motion in a non-magnetized plasma.
Thermal conduction and particle transport in strong MHD turbulence, with application to galaxy-cluster plasmas
Let us recall that the horizontal turbulence, expressed by a diffusion coefficient Dh , tends to reduce the shear mixing in regions of steep µ–gradients, making the diffusion coefficient Dshear proportional to Dh rather than to K , the thermal diffusivity.
Stellar evolution with rotation X: Wolf-Rayet star populations at solar metallicity