Meaning of DIFFUSE in English


— diffusely /di fyoohs"lee/ , adv. — diffuseness , n.

v. /di fyoohz"/ ; adj. /di fyoohs"/ , v. , diffused, diffusing , adj.


1. to pour out and spread, as a fluid.

2. to spread or scatter widely or thinly; disseminate.

3. Physics. to spread by diffusion.


4. to spread.

5. Physics. to intermingle by diffusion.


6. characterized by great length or discursiveness in speech or writing; wordy.

7. widely spread or scattered; dispersed.

8. Bot. widely or loosely spreading.

9. Optics. (of reflected light) scattered, as from a rough surface (opposed to specular ).

[ 1350-1400; ME ( diffusus spread, poured forth. See DIF-, FUSE 2 ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .