• WordNet 3.6
    • adj diffused (of light rays) subjected to scattering by reflection from a rough surface or transmission through a translucent material "diffused light"
    • adj diffused (of light) transmitted from a broad light source or reflected
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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 Diffused Spread abroad; dispersed; loose; flowing; diffuse. "It grew to be a widely diffused opinion."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • diffused Spread; dispersed.
    • diffused Spread out; extended; stretched.
    • diffused Confused; irregular; wild; negligent.
    • diffused In zoology, ill-defined; without definite edges: applied to colored marks when they appear to merge gradually into the ground-color at their edges, and especially to marks on the wings of butterflies and moths when the scales forming them become scattered at the edges.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • pa.p., adj Diffused spread widely: loose
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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.”


In literature:

There would be no more blue sky for us, because without an atmosphere the sunlight could not be diffused.
"Edison's Conquest of Mars" by Garrett Putnam Serviss
These also are insoluble bodies, or when soluble, will not diffuse easily through animal membranes.
"Text Book of Biology, Part 1: Vertebrata" by H. G. Wells
A certain activity of expansion and diffusion is the very basis of all conditions.
"How to Add Ten Years to your Life and to Double Its Satisfactions" by S. S. Curry
First we shall try to show what caused the diffusion of the Oriental religions.
"The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism" by Franz Cumont
None at all is found diffused equally through a stratum of rock, as in the Transvaal.
"Impressions of South Africa" by James Bryce
But him it found sleeping in his tent, and ambrosial slumber was diffused around.
"The Iliad of Homer (1873)" by Homer
When the reformed religion began to diffuse the gospel light throughout church.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
Alluring glands: glandular structures diffusing an odor supposed to be attractive to the opposite sex.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
The ancient codes were doubtless originally suggested by the discovery and diffusion of the art of writing.
"Ancient Law" by Sir Henry James Sumner Maine
Heat only manifested by the life it diffuses!
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)" by Augustus De Morgan

In poetry:

Take care, or the wind will wilt you,
As he does the clouds snowily drifting by you,
And diffuse you over the sky, a silvery mist,
To give more cool to the day!
"To The Afternoon Moon, At Sea" by Cale Young Rice
From superstition's thrall to free the mind,
The galling chains of slav'ry to unbind,
The Word of God, untrammelled and unbound,
Diffusing free as air the world around.
"Elegiac Verses" by Janet Hamilton
"For thee my sylphs in distant lands shall trace,
Where, far diffus'd, my vivifying powers
Awake, ungrateful bard, in blushing grace,
To life and love, awake thy wedded flowers.
"The Complaint Of The Goddess Of The Glaciers To Doctor Darwin" by Helen Maria Williams
Soft, whilst we sleep beneath the rural bowers,
The Loves and Graces steal unseen away;
And where the turf diffused its pomp of flowers,
We wake to wintry scenes of chill decay!
"Elegy I. He Arrives at His Retirement in the Country" by William Shenstone
Dry are the turfy downs, diffusive spread
O'er the light surface of the sandy mound,
Where e'en the languid Form may safely tread,
Drink the pure gale, and eye the blue profound.
"Hoyle Lake" by Anna Seward
Bind it, ye Graces! with your magic zone,
And thro' each motion all your charms diffuse;
Charms none could ever paint, but all must own
The speechless eloquence your vot'ries use.
"To The Author's Brother. On the choice of a Wife in the Year 1789" by Maria Logan

In news:

Target's Next Diffusion Lines: Bags by Anya Hindmarch and Shoes by Sigerson Morrison.
Hoping to add sparkle and diffuse tension at the rally, she was gliding effortlessly between pedestrians and demonstrators for at least half an hour before she was ticketed, she said.
We get a lot of great information from Diffuser.fm, and I saw this article about Florence & The Machine.
Diffused Officers with the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office and Virginia State Police diffused a stand-off Monday after a man hiding under a workshed threatened to take his own life.
Joe Robinson 2 weeks ago diffuser.fm.
Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) &mdash.
A 72-year-old man with a 3-month history of fatigue and weight loss of 9 kg presented to hospital with a diffuse lower extremity rash.
Laryngeal lipoma associated with diffuse lipomatosis : Case report and literature review.
Social media may be a throwback to the oral cultures that preceded the printing press and education-aided diffusion of literacy .
Ceretec Inc, Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Product Innovators, Introduces NO-Diff, a Nitric Oxide Lung Diffusion Gas Mixture .
On estime qu'environ 250 millions de personnes parlent le français dans le monde : sa diffusion géographique touche les 5 continents, dans une trentaine d'états.
Coming Soon, Yohji Yamamoto's new diffusion line, just dropped in the US exclusively at Odin 's 199 Lafayette Street location.
The glare-free OLEDs deliver diffused ambient illumination and 300-plus lumens at 12 watts.
One-dimensional diffusion of microtubules bound to flagellar dynein.
Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

In science:

The value of the parameter a classifies the type of diffusion into normal linear diffusion (a = 1), sub-diffusion (a < 1), or super-linear diffusion (a > 1).
Random walk and trapping processes on scale-free networks
It is shown that upon varying the value of γ , diffusion on scale-free networks may range from superlinear to sublinear diffusion.
Random walk and trapping processes on scale-free networks
Mean squared displacement was found to range from superlinear diffusion to sublinear diffusion as we varied γ , while the network coverage increases almost linearly with time for all γ values examined.
Random walk and trapping processes on scale-free networks
Here we show that the diffusion matrix (51) can be bounded from below in terms of the average of the diffusion coefficient associated to the periodized random media.
Mott law as lower bound for a random walk in a random environment
This equation can be viewed as the standard diffusion equation governing heat conduction with the diffusion constant K and the phase velocity (frequency) field identified as the temperature field.
Collective synchronization in spatially extended systems of coupled oscillators with random frequencies