Definition of Diffuse

1. Verb. Move outward. "The soldiers fanned out"

Exact synonyms: Fan Out, Spread, Spread Out
Generic synonyms: Distribute, Spread
Specialized synonyms: Percolate, Creep, Bleed, Run, Mantle
Derivative terms: Diffusion, Spread, Spread, Spread

2. Adjective. Spread out; not concentrated in one place. "A large diffuse organization"
Similar to: Distributed
Derivative terms: Diffuseness

3. Verb. Spread or diffuse through. "His campaign was riddled with accusations and personal attacks"

4. Adjective. (of light) transmitted from a broad light source or reflected.
Exact synonyms: Diffused, Soft
Antonyms: Hard

5. Verb. Cause to become widely known. "Broadcast the news"

6. Adjective. Lacking conciseness. "A diffuse historical novel"
Similar to: Prolix

Definition of Diffuse

1. v. t. To pour out and cause to spread, as a fluid; to cause to flow on all sides; to send out, or extend, in all directions; to spread; to circulate; to disseminate; to scatter; as to diffuse information.

2. v. i. To pass by spreading every way, to diffuse itself.

3. a. Poured out; widely spread; not restrained; copious; full; esp., of style, opposed to concise or terse; verbose; prolix; as, a diffuse style; a diffuse writer.

Definition of Diffuse

1. Verb. (transitive) To spread over or through as in air, water, or other matter, especially by fluid motion or passive means. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To be spread over or through as in air, water, or other matter, especially by fluid motion or passive means. ¹

3. Adjective. Everywhere or throughout everything; not focused or concentrated. ¹

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Definition of Diffuse

1. to spread widely or thinly [v -FUSED, -FUSING, -FUSES]

Medical Definition of Diffuse

1. Not definitely limited or localised, widely distributed. Origin: L. Dis = apart, fundere = to pour This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Diffuse

diffuse (current term)
diffuse abdominal calcification
diffuse abscess
diffuse aneurysm
diffuse angiokeratoma
diffuse arterial ectasia
diffuse brain atrophy
diffuse choroiditis
diffuse cutaneous leishmaniasis
diffuse cutaneous mastocytosis
diffuse deep keratitis
diffuse emphysema
diffuse gallbladder wall thickening
diffuse ganglion
diffuse glomerulonephritis

Literary usage of Diffuse

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1867)
"Note on the relative Chemical Intensities of direct Sunlight and diffuse Daylight at different altitudes of the Sun." ^By HENRY E. ROSCOE, FRS, ..."

2. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1907)
"Examination of my specimen showed it to be one of this class. . THE TREATMENT OF diffuse SUPPURATIVE PERITONITIS.1 BY JOSEPH A. BLAKE, MD, ..."

3. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease by American Neurological Association, Philadelphia Neurological Society, Chicago Neurological Society, New York Neurological Association, Boston Society of Psychiatry and Neurology (1890)
"diffuse CORTICAL SCLEROSIS OF THE BRAIN IN CHILDREN.1 BY WILLIAM N. BULLARD, MD, of BOSTON. I DESIRE under this title to place certain cases of diffuse ..."

4. The Journal of Experimental Medicine by Rockefeller University, Rockefeller Institute, Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (1898)
"Tumors of the soft membranes of the brain and spinal cord, especially those of a diffuse character, are comparatively rare, and a careful study of each ..."

5. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"Acute diffuse Peritonitis (Inflammation of the Bowels) General Considerations.—Peritonitis may be either circumscribed or diffuse. ..."

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