• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Diffusiveness The quality or state of being diffusive or diffuse; extensiveness; expansion; dispersion. Especially of style: Diffuseness; want of conciseness; prolixity. "The fault that I find with a modern legend, it its diffusiveness ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • 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.
    • n diffusiveness The state or character of being diffusive: as, the diffusiveness of odors.
    • n diffusiveness The quality or state of being diffuse, as an author or his style; verboseness; copiousness of words or expression.
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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:

They find life made rich and happy for them by the diffused love and wisdom of all mothers.
"Herland" by Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman
The vapour did not diffuse as a true gas would do.
"The War of the Worlds" by H. G. Wells
Computer networking, and the rapid evolution of the digital underground, made the situation very diffuse and confusing.
"Hacker Crackdown" by Bruce Sterling
Though the sky was dense with cloud, a diffused light from some fragment of a moon had hitherto helped them a little.
"Tess of the d'Urbervilles" by Thomas Hardy
Equally to every part of this inner world it diffuses its perpetual noonday light and torrid heat.
"At the Earth's Core" by Edgar Rice Burroughs
It had diffused over the earth all the light which tyranny can give a sombre light.
"Les Misérables Complete in Five Volumes" by Victor Hugo
One of its essential doctrines was the diffusion of the soul throughout all humanity, and another that of being born anew.
"George Sand, Some Aspects of Her Life and Writings" by Rene Doumic
There seemed a general diffusion of cheerfulness on the occasion.
"Mansfield Park" by Jane Austen
Nothing had been said, but a sense of trouble subtly diffused itself through those who saw him go out.
"The Rise of Silas Lapham" by William Dean Howells
On such a subject," sighing heavily, "can I have little temptation to be diffuse.
"Sense and Sensibility" by Jane Austen

In poetry:

There, parted into rainbow hues,
In sweet harmonious strife
We see celestial love diffuse
Its light o'er Jesus' life.
"Quinquagesima Sunday" by John Keble
The tears of youth are like the dews
That fertilizing fall;
Let hope a single beam diffuse,
That sunbeam drinks them all.
"The Soldier's Brother--A Ballad" by Peter John Allan
The Gospell crosse the seas rehearst
By her diffusive aid
And fifty-thousand pounds dispers'd
Shall there be largely paid
"A Contemplation" by Anne Kingsmill Finch
"'Twas from Avona's banks the maid
Diffused her lovely beams,
And every shining glance display'd
The Naiad of the streams.
"Nancy of the Vale" by William Shenstone
In every stream His bounty flows,
Diffusing joy and wealth;
In every breeze His spirit blows
The breath of life and health.
"The Visible Creation" by James Montgomery
How is it, with such vivid hues,
A harmonizing softness flows!
What are the charms that can diffuse,
Such grandeur as thy pencil throws!
"Lines To Mr. Radcliffe, On First Reading The Mysteries Of Udolpho" by Matilda Betham

In news:

Diffusion -weighted imaging for cholesteatoma evaluation.
I have heard the terms " diffusion bonding" and " diffusion brazing" both used in reference to the joining of metallic substrates, and I was wondering if there is really any.
They've just announced two new limited-edition diffusion lines by Anya Hindmarch and Kari Sigerson and Miranda Morrison of Sigerson Morrison.
Donatella Versace Won't Do an H&M Diffusion Line.
Don't expect a Versace diffusion line at H&M while Donatella heads the label.
One-dimensional diffusion of microtubules bound to flagellar dynein.
Diffusion a la Alabaster.
Since its introduction in the 1990s, clinical diffusion imaging has become an indispensable part of magnetic resonance examination of the brain.
Diffusion imaging in the spine.
Diffusion -weighted imaging (DWI) is a powerful tool for tissue interrogation with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
Joe Robinson 2 days ago diffuser.fm.
The VDM35 Series Laser Displacement Sensors are available in 6-meter diffused and 30-meter retro-reflective modes.
Save Money by Making Your Own Essential Oil Diffuser.
Conditions at Lexington, Blue Grass Airport, KY. Police say all is safe now in Magoffin County after a bomb squad diffused an explosive device in a shopping center parking lot Monday night.
President Obama sent Secretary of State Clinton to the Middle East to diffuse the Gaza crisis.

In science:

Using a scaling block picture, Thouless found that in the diffusive regime, the conductance is given by g = EC /∆, where EC /¯h is the inverse diffusion time of an electron through the sample and ∆ is the mean level spacing [231].
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
Eq. (4.1) indicates that for small L the polymer wanders diffusively but for larger L it wanders much faster than diffusion.
Solvable model of a polymer in random media with long ranged disorder correlations
As expected, the part of the diffusion tensor, which is linear in the magnetic field and therefore antisymmetric does not enter the diffusion equation which depends only on the symmetric part, D0 .
Transport mean free path for Magneto-Transverse Light Diffusion: an alternative approach
Pinsky, On the convergence of diffusion processes conditioned to remain in a bounded region for large time to limiting positive recurrent diffusion processes, Ann.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
These approximate solutions include corrections of several non-diffusive effects to the conventional diffusion approximation and we show that they agree well with the Monte Carlo results for isotropic scattering model for any shock speed and particle speed.
Application of random walk theory to the first order Fermi acceleration in shock waves