- 1The spreading of something more widely: the diffusion of Duchamp’s thought and artMore example sentences
- Through these, new subject matter and models were widely disseminated, with diffusion into book illumination and sculpture.
- But diffusion of ideas does not mean they are implemented; it only means they are talked about.
- Some skeptics have dismissed this diffusion of democratic ideas as ‘Westernization’ pure and simple.
- 1.1The action of spreading the light from a light source evenly so as to reduce glare and harsh shadows.More example sentences
- Some parts are painted white to assist with light diffusion, but the essential texture and character of the material is still legible.
- The beach seemed to shine in the moonlight; the water sparkled, reflecting the light in diffusion.
- Screen shots show the use of the curve, light diffusion and terracing to invite the player.
- 1.2 Chemistry The intermingling of substances by the natural movement of their particles: the rate of diffusion of a gasMore example sentences
- Examples include the distribution of counterions on DNA, micelles, polymer diffusion, and liquid mixtures.
- Respiratory function tests generally show a persistent slight-to-moderate hypoxemia and a reduction of carbon monoxide diffusion.
- The difference could be attributed to errors on cell counts, natural variability, gas diffusion through tissue of intact pears, and other factors.
- 1.3 Anthropology The dissemination of elements of culture to another region or people.More example sentences
- He accounts for this by cultural diffusion: any development which might have enabled one of the civilizations to forge ahead was borrowed and adopted by the other civilizations.
- According to world culture theorists, the diffusion took place in three phases.
- The cities he founded became the spring boards for the diffusion of Hellenistic culture.
- ( Chemistry )More example sentences
- The barrier to penetration in this case is reactive rather than physical: the rate of deactivation of the antimicrobial exceeds the rate of diffusive penetration.
- Other interactions may also play a role, but our data are consistent with the simple picture that nucleosomal motion leads to more flexibility in the chromatin fibers and thus more diffusive motion.
- The diffusive hindrance data combined with imaging of the gels and permeability measurements suggest that unassembled collagen in the void spaces of the gel plays a role in hindering diffusion.
late Middle English (in the sense 'pouring out, effusion'): from Latin diffusion-, from diffundere 'pour out'.