Definition of effusive in English:


Line breaks: ef¦fu|sive
Pronunciation: /ɪˈfjuːsɪv


  • 1Showing or expressing gratitude, pleasure, or approval in an unrestrained or heartfelt manner: an effusive welcome
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    • My approach is to rarely ask him for anything if I can at all help it, since his granting of a favour requires about 3-5 years of effusive gratitude and grovelling.
    • No prizes, I'm afraid, but you'll have my most effusive gratitude.
    • The conductor, short, chubby, curly-haired and Puckish, has been effusive in his welcome.
    gushing, gushy, unrestrained, unreserved, extravagant, fulsome, demonstrative, lavish, enthusiastic, rhapsodic, lyrical, exuberant, ebullient; expansive, wordy, verbose, long-winded, profuse
    informal over the top, OTT, all over someone
  • 2 Geology (Of igneous rock) poured out when molten and later solidified.
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    • The subalkaline character of the magmatic activity, combined with the prevalence of acidic effusive rocks, is characteristic of an orogenic suite developed on continental crust.
    • If the mafic sheets were effusive and associated with primary volcaniclastic rocks, they should have contributed detritus to any immediately overlying sediments.
    • The cooling of the effusive rocks takes place in two stages
  • 2.1Relating to the eruption of large volumes of molten rock: effusive volcanism
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    • Volcanic activity at Mount Etna has been characterized by several effusive eruptions in the last 30 years.
    • Since the adoption of the exhalative model for the mineralization, the host succession has been interpreted as a dominantly effusive, and explosively eruptive, volcanic pile.
    • The nature of the degassing process within a volcanic edifice is critically important to the nature of eruptions, whether explosive or effusive, from the volcano.



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  • He speaks effusively about his children, his garden, his life-saving triple heart bypass operation in 1992, which ‘changed’ him.
  • By now we're also well versed in the sociability of the canal, greeting fellow boaters effusively and chatting with passers-by at locks, where we are often the main attraction.
  • Both were seen effusively greeting each other.


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  • Her natural effusiveness and love of writing - she reads about six books at a time - make her an irresistible bookseller.
  • The doctor, who was not known for his effusiveness said simply, ‘You won't have any problems,’ and that was it.
  • He is a quietly-spoken individual off the park, not given to effusiveness or hyperbole.

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