Meaning of DIFFUSE in English

DIFFUSE

adjective , verb

■ adjective / dɪˈfjuːs; NAmE /

1.

spread over a wide area :

diffuse light

a diffuse community

2.

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/

1.

( 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.

2.

[ v , vn ] ( technical ) if a gas or liquid diffuses or is diffused in a substance, it becomes slowly mixed with that substance

3.

[ 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 ]

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WORD ORIGIN

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.