Defuse vs Diffuse - What's the difference?

defuse | diffuse |


As verbs the difference between defuse and diffuse

is that defuse is to remove the fuse from (a bomb, etc) or defuse can be (obsolete) to disorder; to make shapeless while diffuse is to spread over or through as in air, water, or other matter, especially by fluid motion or passive means.

As an adjective diffuse is

everywhere or throughout everything; not focused or concentrated.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

defuse

English

Etymology 1

Verb

(Bomb disposal) (defus)
  • To remove the fuse from (a bomb, etc.).
  • To make less dangerous, tense, or hostile.
  • Etymology 2

    Compare (diffuse).

    Verb

    (defus)
  • (obsolete) To disorder; to make shapeless.
  • * 1605 , , I. iv. 2:
  • If but as well I other accents borrow / That can my speech defuse ,

    diffuse

    English

    Etymology 1

    (etyl), from (etyl) diffusus, past participle of

    Verb

    (diffus)
  • To spread over or through as in air, water, or other matter, especially by fluid motion or passive means.
  • * Whewell
  • We find this knowledge diffused among all civilized nations.
  • To be spread over or through as in air, water, or other matter, especially by fluid motion or passive means.
  • Food coloring diffuses in water.
    The riot diffused quite suddenly.
    Derived terms
    * diffuser

    Etymology 2

    (etyl) diffusus

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Everywhere or throughout everything; not focused or concentrated.
  • Such a diffuse effort is unlikely to produce good results.
    Derived terms
    * diffusely