suffusion

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n suffusion the process of permeating or infusing something with a substance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Suffusion (Zoöl) A blending of one color into another; the spreading of one color over another, as on the feathers of birds.
    • Suffusion That with which a thing is suffused.
    • Suffusion The act or process of suffusing, or state of being suffused; an overspreading. "To those that have the jaundice, or like suffusion of eyes, objects appear of that color."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n suffusion The act or operation of suffusing or overspreading, as with a fluid or a color; also, the state of being suffused or overspread.
    • n suffusion That which is suffused or spread over, as an extravasation of blood.
    • n suffusion In entomology, a peculiar variegation, observed especially in Lepidoptera, in which the colors appear to be blended or run together. It is most common in northern or alpine forms of species which are found with normal colors in warmer regions.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Suffusion act or operation of suffusing: state of being suffused: that which is suffused
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. suffusio,: cf. F. suffusion,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. sub, underneath, fundĕre, fusum, to pour.

Usage

In literature:

Often, through the twenty-four hours, a clear blue moon, very spectral, very fair, suffused all our dim and livid clime.
"The Purple Cloud" by M.P. Shiel
A blush suffused her face, her eyes, her neck.
"The Man From Brodney's" by George Barr McCutcheon
These six panels are remarkable for the beautiful decorative feeling that suffuses their composition.
"Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D." by Clara Erskine Clement
Nevertheless she was suffused with shame, and so wavered between one extremity and the other.
"Eastern Shame Girl" by Charles Georges Souli
A keen awareness of life suffused her now and made her observant of everything about her.
"The Precipice" by Elia Wilkinson Peattie
And beholding them all, the girl became frightened and her face was suffused with blushes of shame.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2" by Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
A flush suffused the young man's forehead.
"The Purple Heights" by Marie Conway Oemler
A sacred dew suffused her from head to foot.
"The Pretty Lady" by Arnold E. Bennett
An unhealthy purple suffused his heavily-jowled face.
"The Air Trust" by George Allan England
A genial glow already enveloped Gatewood and pleasantly suffused Kerns.
"The Tracer of Lost Persons" by Robert W. Chambers
It suffuses his whole body with book magnetism.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 4" by Charles Dudley Warner
His voice was drumlike, loud and low, His face suffused with rosy glow.
"Hindu Literature" by Epiphanius Wilson
A glow of pride suffused him.
"Out of the Ashes" by Ethel Watts Mumford
The reflected light on the ceiling is supposed to give a suffused and bright light.
"Furnishing the Home of Good Taste" by Lucy Abbot Throop
A slight colour suffused her face.
"The Stowmarket Mystery" by Louis Tracy
A burning blush suffused her face, dyeing even the fair neck and arms.
"Elsie's Womanhood" by Martha Finley
A lovely blush suffused her countenance, and for an instant she was speechless.
"In Friendship's Guise" by Wm. Murray Graydon
Don dug his toe into the floor and a hot flush suffused his forehead.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
The sky was suffused with the richest carmine.
"Adèle Dubois" by Mrs. William T. Savage
The young people were deeply touched by his powerful appeal, and I believe each countenance was suffused with tears.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume One" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
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In poetry:

How rays of pure light suffuse you!
A golden dust wraps you round…
And don't let it confuse you,
My voice from under the ground.
"Much Like Me" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
Why then should flow affection's tear,
Why crystal drops suffuse the eye?
Why mourn him, innocent and dear,
So lately lifted to the sky?
"On The Tomb Of An Infant" by Thomas Noon Talfourd
Life's a varied, bright illusion,
Joy and sorrow—-light and shade;
Turn from sorrow's dark suffusion,
Catch the pleasures ere they fade.
"Song~" by Ann Radcliffe
“For I knew thee, ev’n then, in thy ecstacy musing
Of glory and grace by old Hawkesbury’s side—
Scenes that spread recordless round thee, suffusing
With the purple of love—I beheld thee, and sighed.
"The Dream" by Charles Harpur
'T is something, in the dearth of fame,
Though link'd among a fetter'd race,
To feel at least a patriot's shame,
Even as I sing, suffuse my face;
For what is left the poet here?
For Greeks a blush- for Greece a tear.
"Don Juan: Canto The Third" by Lord George Gordon Byron
'Tis something, in the dearth of fame, Though linked among a fettered race,
To feel at least a patriot's shame,
Even as I sing, suffuse my face;
For what is left the poet here?
For Greeks a blush—for Greece a tear….
"The Isles Of Greece" by Lord George Gordon Byron

In news:

Frank Capra , the Academy Award- winning director whose movies were suffused with affectionate portrayals of the common man and the strengths and foibles of American democracy, died yesterday at his home.
Visitors to the Mill Mountain Star found themselves in a heavy fog on Wednesday night, suffused with the ethereal glow of the landmark's new color scheme.
Various experts have recently tried to quantify the amount of advertising that suffuses the culture.
The job of hunting alleged war criminals is "obviously suffused with sadness," said Eli Rosenbaum, director of the Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations.
Frank Capra , the Academy Award- winning director whose movies were suffused with affectionate portrayals of the common man and the strengths and foibles of American democracy, died yesterday at his home.
In Thursday's ruling, Roberts was less explicit, yet a sense of the profound stakes for the court and the country suffuses the opinion.
Frank Capra, the Academy Award- winning director whose movies were suffused with affectionate portrayals of the common man and the strengths and foibles of American democracy, died yesterday at his home.
Assia Wevill's exotic looks and seductively feral behavior attracted poet Ted Hughes (she mailed him a single blade of grass suffused with Dior perfume).
The sky was suffused with gray.
But if you had to pick one capital of nostalgia in a city suffused with it, it might be Coney Island—perpetually in decline from a ribald peak that maybe never really existed.
Memory of the Halls of Mirrors in Brussels (1920), a Dadaist painting of a leering officer and a prostitute, is suffused with Guerlain perfume and soundtracked to 1920s jazz.
Mariesii glows white, and a tree of Crispii is a pyramid of green suffused with a glowing yellow surface.
Each Friday during Lent , churches around New Orleans are transformed into bustling community cafeterias, full of people, suffused with the aroma of frying fish and driven by the pulse of deep tradition.
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Like Crazy is small but heartfelt (also deeply personal, one suspects), beautifully crafted, and suffused with a bitter wisdom.
The event will feature themed trees and will be suffused with the smell of fresh gingerbread.
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