Meaning of DIFFUSION in English


Pronunciation: di- ' fyü-zh ə n

Function: noun

Date: 14th century

1 : the action of diffusing : the state of being diffused


3 a : the process whereby particles of liquids, gases, or solids intermingle as the result of their spontaneous movement caused by thermal agitation and in dissolved substances move from a region of higher to one of lower concentration b (1) : reflection of light by a rough reflecting surface (2) : transmission of light through a translucent material : SCATTERING

4 : the spread of cultural elements from one area or group of people to others by contact

5 : the softening of sharp outlines in a photographic image

– dif · fu · sion · al \ - ' fyü-zh ə -n ə l \ adjective

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