• WordNet 3.6
    • adj effusive extravagantly demonstrative "insincere and effusive demonstrations of sentimental friendship","a large gushing female","write unrestrained and gushy poetry"
    • adj effusive uttered with unrestrained enthusiasm "a novel told in burbly panting tones"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • effusive (Geol) formed by an outpouring of molten lava, or pertaining to rocks so formed.
    • effusive overly demonstrative; expressing emotion in an unrestrained manner; exhibiting unrestrained enthusiasm; -- of people and human actions; as, effusive thanks; an effusive letter of recommendation. Contrasted with reserved.
    • effusive Pouring out; pouring forth freely. "Washed with the effusive wave."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • effusive Pouring out; flowing forth profusely: as, effusive speech.
    • effusive Hence Making an extravagant or undue exhibition of feeling.
    • effusive Poured abroad; spread or poured freely.
    • n effusive In petrography, a volcanic rock poured out on the surface of the earth: contrasted with intrusive rocks. Also extrusive.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Effusive pouring forth abundantly: gushing: expressing emotion in a pronounced manner
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. effundĕre, effusumex, out, fundĕre, to pour.


In literature:

This greeting, however, was too freezing for his effusiveness.
"Prisoner for Blasphemy" by G. W. [George William] Foote
Then, having pressed Roland's hand with fraternal effusion, he bowed again to the First Consul and went out.
"The Companions of Jehu" by Alexandre Dumas, père
That was what an effusive writer once called the "halcyon and vociferous" beginning of the day.
"My Friends at Brook Farm" by John Van Der Zee Sears
Florac took a little wine, replied "with effusion" to the toast which his excellent, his noble friend had just carried.
"The Newcomes" by William Makepeace Thackeray
And he fussed and fussed and beamed cordiality until he secured it in his plump white fingers and pressed it effusively.
"The Fighting Chance" by Robert W. Chambers
Yet the verses themselves, like all extemporaneous effusions, were of a nature both to pass from the memory and to defy transcription.
"Ernest Maltravers, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
You scorned my adjurations, but at all events you had the grace not to append your true name to those truculent effusions.
"The Parisians, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
There was no natural childish effusiveness in the action.
"The History of David Grieve" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
She was positively effusive with him as she had not been for a very long time.
"The Possessed" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
He smiled a great deal, not nervously as curates are supposed to smile, not effusively, but simply with geniality.
"The Cathedral" by Sir Hugh Walpole

In poetry:

And soone at Sandwiche I arrivde,
Where Mordred me withstoode:
But yett at last I landed there,
With effusion of much blood.
"The Legend of King Arthur" by Thomas Percy
And upward rais'd his closing eye,
Whence slow effus'd a grateful tear,
As if his senses own'd a joy,
Too holy for endurance here.
"The Grandfather's Departure" by Matilda Betham
I hear him free th' imprison'd sigh,
I view his deep effusive gaze,
Mark in his cheek, the hectic dye
That o'er its polish'd surface strays.
"At The Sight Of A Beautiful But Frail One" by Laura Sophia Temple
Love may mark thee for delusion,
Friendship thy young heart deceive,
The world will mock thy soul's effusion,
Mock the fool that could believe.
"The Mother" by Charlotte Dacre
How she would fain the look of passion
In every bright effusive glance !
And how her changeful features fashion
To suit of love the wild romance !
"The Discarded Lover" by Laura Sophia Temple
Soft as the line of lovesick Hammond flows,
'Twas his fond heart effused the melting theme;
Ah! never could Aonia's hill disclose
So fair a fountain, or so loved a stream.
"Elegy I. He Arrives at His Retirement in the Country" by William Shenstone

In news:

Washington's rookie quarterback sensation won effusive praise from the New York Giants, who could afford to be generous after they beat their NFC East rival on Sunday.
Radiographic evaluation disclosed the presence of pleural effusion and thickening of the pleura.
Natwar Gandhi, the District's chief financial officer, coasted through his Council confirmation hearing today, as witness after witness effusively praised his 12 years in the job.
Jon Cryer , winning his second Emmy for "Two and a Half Men," took a page out of the Taylor Swift awards show win book, effusively appearing shocked -- shocked.
However, an interim analysis was conducted after 38 patients had completed their regimen (19 patients in each group) when it became apparent that montelukast was not having any effect in clearing the effusions .
Accuracy in diagnosing otitis media with effusion .
Chris Christie Too Effusive About President Obama.
CNN's Effusive Coverage of Kazakhstan Is Quietly Sponsored by Its Subject.
Bruce and Reena both loved it, but I can't be quite as effusive.
Yes, I made up that word and I don't care who knows it since 2008 has turned into the year of James Franco and the effusive compliment well is running dry.
With effusive praise for him and his predecessor, the San Luis Obispo Board of Supervisors on Tuesday named Jim Erb to succeed county Auditor-Controller Gere Sibbach, effective Dec 29.
A thoracentesis revealed the effusion to be transudative.
"I couldn't love a job more," effuses Carol Swain, co-owner with Kay King of The Little Gallery on Smith Mountain Lake in Moneta, Virginia (www.thelittlegallerysml.com).
He was neither effusive in praise nor demonstrative in affection.
For a number of years, whenever columnists lacked a subject for easy social commentary, they could wax effusive over America's love affair with the gun or the automobile.

In science:

Lastly, a problem endemic to the subjective nature of explicit modeling techniques is that some users are more effusive in their ratings than others.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
Konstan et al. recognize that some users are more effusive with their ratings than others.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
This effectively makes predictability more general then closeness and addresses the effusivity of ratings.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
For example, the effusion of a fluid through a pin hole allows one to infer the cluster size distribution from the mass yield of escaped clusters with a given velocity.
Clusters in Simple Fluids
In the 1930s, Rabi invented a method to unravel the quantum structure of molecules, based on the controlled manipulation of the tra jectories of molecules on their way from an effusive source to the detector .
Multiple packets of neutral molecules revolving for over a mile