Meaning of DIFFUSE in English
adjective , verb
■ adjective / dɪˈfjuːs; NAmE /
spread over a wide area :
a diffuse community
not clear or easy to understand; using a lot of words :
a diffuse style of writing
► dif·fuse·ly adverb
► dif·fuse·ness noun [ U ]
■ verb / dɪˈfjuːz/
( formal ) to spread sth or become spread widely in all directions :
[ vn ]
The problem is how to diffuse power without creating anarchy.
[ v ]
Technologies diffuse rapidly.
[ v , vn ] ( technical ) if a gas or liquid diffuses or is diffused in a substance, it becomes slowly mixed with that substance
[ vn ] ( formal ) to make light shine less brightly by spreading it in many directions :
The moon was fuller than the night before, but the light was diffused by cloud.
► dif·fu·sion / dɪˈfjuːʒn; NAmE / noun [ U ]
late Middle English : from Latin diffus- poured out, from the verb diffundere , from dis- away + fundere pour; the adjective via French diffus or Latin diffusus extensive, from diffundere .
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005