diffuse diffuse  /dɪ ˈfjus/


  1. (v) move outward
  2. (v) spread or diffuse through
  3. (v) cause to become widely known
  4. (adj) spread out; not concentrated in one place
  5. (adj) (of light) transmitted from a broad light source or reflected
  6. (adj) lacking conciseness


  1. One senses that his first book, Dreams from My Father, was meant to diffuse some of this vulnerability.
  2. Much of that success comes from a diffuse, hydra-headed power structure that has rebounded from repeated attempts to put it down.
  3. Al Qaida's often diffuse structures are designed specifically to avoid leaving behind trails of command responsibility detectable to investigators probing specific attacks.


  1. Resident barricaded in home prompts Metro SWAT response

    Metro Police SWAT has been called to help diffuse a situation in which a person is barricaded inside a residence following a civil disturbance call.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Las Vegas Sun

  2. Vacaville residents to hold bone marrow drive for family member

    Got a handful of minutes to spare?That's how long it could take to see if you can help save a life.Longtime Vacaville resident Ron Packer, 58, was recently diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and is in need of a bone marrow
    on June 9, 2013     Source: The Vacaville Reporter

  3. Community Kindness

    Although late, I want to acknowledge an act of kindness which may have escalated into a road rage situation had not someone got involved and diffused a hostile situation.
    on June 9, 2013     Source: Grand Island Independent


  1. "It was just kind of a slow death," Bzdelik said. "When you're not making shots, your energy starts to diffuse. It slowly starts to get away from you."
    on Feb 6, 2007 By: Jeff Bzdelik Source: Forbes

  2. "It was just appropriate," Pena said. "We could ignore (the losing) and not pay attention to it, or we could face it, and, all of a sudden, you diffuse the bomb. You kind of like shrink the giant. You see his shadow, but when you actually...
    on Jun 24, 2010 By: Carlos Pena Source: American Chronicle

  3. "This is where they are comfortable. They have a lot of confidence playing in this building and we have to somehow, some way diffuse that," Garnett said. "It gives us a lot of confidence to know we can shoot 30-something percent and almost...
    on May 26, 2008 By: Kevin Garnett Source: Ninemsn

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