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diffuse

 
1. (dĭ-fūs´) not definitely limited or localized.
2. (dĭ-fūz´) to pass through or to spread widely through a tissue or substance.

dif·fuse

1. To disseminate; to spread about.
2. Disseminated; spread about; not restricted.
[L. dif-fundo, pp. -fusus, to pour in different directions]

diffuse

/dif·fuse/
1. (dĭ-fūs´) not definitely limited or localized.
2. (dĭ-fūz´) to pass through or to spread widely through a tissue or substance.

diffuse

[difyo̅o̅z′]
Etymology: L, diffundere, to spread out
becoming widely spread, such as through a membrane or fluid.

dif·fuse

(di-fyūz, di-fyūs)
1. To disseminate; to spread about.
2. Disseminated; spread about; not restricted.
[L. dif-fundo, pp. -fusus, to pour in different directions]

diffuse

spread-out; non-compact, non-circumscribed

diffuse

1. not definitely limited or localized.
2. to pass through or to spread widely through a tissue or substance.

diffuse intravascular coagulation
see disseminated intravascular coagulation.
diffuse placentation
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Yet both in its diffuseness and in its discomforting perceptions of natural and human volatility the Metamorphoses proves an awkward, anxiety-producing model that never quite fits any single mode of interpretation.
The very diffuseness and decentralization of popular constitutionalism made it possible for advocates of judicial authority to continue nursing their claims.
Admittedly, anti-Americanism is not easy to study given its diffuseness, varieties, endless sources, and the difficulty in locating it on the spectrum of political attitudes and positions.
Since SEA assesses the environmental impacts of urban plans rather than specific projects, not only is it difficult to identify who represents the public for an entire urban area, but the public may have little motivation to participate because of the diffuseness of the plan's impacts.
Craving an urgent or a patient mastery, I recoil from the diffuseness of "The room I came from and the rest of us all came from / Stays pure reality where I stand alone, / Standing the passage of time, and she's asleep.
That such groupings are said to be, for example, "managerial" or "therapeutic" does not remove the diffuseness, for any alleged special attribute refers to something more intricate than is allowed for by the sociological label.
Briefly, at one pole, rhetorical theory defines obscurity as failed perspicuity, and the rhetorician's task in this case is to catalogue all the possible causes of such a failure, so that it can be avoided (topics of discussion being, for example, Danger from diffuseness, Danger from excess conciseness, etc.
Apart from hardness and softness, a death may be explained in terms of wetness, diffuseness, emptiness, and so on.
His career expresses the id--its desires and purposes, leading him unlike the conventional view not to the diffuseness of license but the discipline of art.
Further, the diffuseness of decisionmaking within the American health care system precludes a coherent process for allocating health care resources.
These early arrivals contribute location cues while the reflections from the remaining room surfaces provide the necessary diffuseness.