diffuse

See also: diffusé

EnglishEdit

 
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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle French diffuser, from Latin diffūsus, past participle of diffundere, from dis- + fundere

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diffuse (third-person singular simple present diffuses, present participle diffusing, simple past and past participle diffused)

  1. (transitive) To spread over or through as in air, water, or other matter, especially by fluid motion or passive means.
    • (Can we date this quote by Whewell and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      We find this knowledge diffused among all civilized nations.
  2. (intransitive) To be spread over or through as in air, water, or other matter, especially by fluid motion or passive means.
    Food coloring diffuses in water.
    The riot diffused quite suddenly.
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The words diffuse and defuse are sometimes confused.

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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English *diffuse (attested in adverb diffuseli), from Latin diffūsus.

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diffuse (comparative more diffuse, superlative most diffuse)

  1. Everywhere or throughout everything; not focused or concentrated.
    Such a diffuse effort is unlikely to produce good results.
  2. Wordy; verbose.

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FrenchEdit

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

diffuse

  1. inflection of diffuser:
    1. first/third-person singular present indicative/subjunctive
    2. second-person singular imperative

AdjectiveEdit

diffuse

  1. feminine singular of diffus

GermanEdit

AdjectiveEdit

diffuse

  1. inflection of diffus:
    1. strong/mixed nominative/accusative feminine singular
    2. strong nominative/accusative plural
    3. weak nominative all-gender singular
    4. weak accusative feminine/neuter singular

ItalianEdit

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diffuse

  1. third-person singular past historic of diffondere

ParticipleEdit

diffuse

  1. feminine plural of diffuso

AdjectiveEdit

diffuse

  1. feminine plural of diffuso

LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From diffūsus (scattered, spread)

AdverbEdit

diffūsē (comparative diffūsius, superlative diffūsissimē)

  1. diffusely, in a scattered manner.
  2. copiously, fully

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ReferencesEdit

  • diffuse in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, 1st edition. (Oxford University Press)

Norwegian BokmålEdit

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diffuse

  1. definite singular of diffus
  2. plural of diffus

Norwegian NynorskEdit

AdjectiveEdit

diffuse

  1. definite singular of diffus
  2. plural of diffus