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diffuse

Translation of diffuse in Spanish:

transitive verb

American English: /dəˈfjuz/
British English: /dɪˈfjuːz/
  • (heat/particle)
    difundir
    esparcir
    (knowledge/news)
    [formal]
    difundir
    Example sentences
    • During such movement, oil molecules diffused into the cytoplasm of both palisade and spongy cells.
    • The interior of channel-forming membrane proteins contains a column of water molecules through which protons and other small ions can diffuse across the membrane.
    • Unfortunately, the majority of cancer deaths are due to metastases from malignant cells that have stealthily diffused into adjacent tissues and into organs far from the primary.
    Example sentences
    • The fourth side is screened by lightweight wattle wall that gently diffuses the harsh light.
    • It's refreshing these days to be reminded how good film can be when film-makers don't plane every rough edge and diffuse each harsh ray of sun, like make-over artists gone berserk.
    • Upstairs, etched glass light wells diffuse luminance into the restaurant and glazed screens enclose private rooms.

intransitive verb

American English: /dəˈfjuz/
British English: /dɪˈfjuːz/
  • (heat/wave)
    difundirse
    esparcirse
    (news/customs) [formal]
    difundirse
    Example sentences
    • It works efficiently to create and diffuse purchasing power throughout the economy and disseminate liquidity throughout the financial system.
    • It has diffused a wider lack of confidence on the part of investors and consumers, accentuating the trend towards recession.
    • But slowly, in the course of time the proletarian agenda of the communist parties is also diffusing rapidly.

adjective

American English: /dəˈfjus/
British English: /dɪˈfjuːs/
  • 1 (Physics)
    (light/gas)
    difuso
    Example sentences
    • Instead it comes from several diffuse sources spread over a large geographical area.
    • The new threats were going to be diffuse, spread out, springing up wholly formed from unexpected quarters.
    • By the time of the Civil War, a black fiddle tradition, which still exists in some regions of the Southeast today, was diffuse through that area.
  • 2
    (speaker/writer/style)
    difuso
    poco preciso
    Example sentences
    • The large painting is strangely diffuse and lacking in structure for that master of tight, well-ordered composition.
    • Today, the term has something of a diffuse meaning.
    • But it might as well be scrapped if it becomes too accommodating and diffuse to remain meaningful.

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