Diffuse vs Effuse - What's the difference?

diffuse | effuse |


As verbs the difference between diffuse and effuse

is that diffuse is while effuse is to emit; to give off.

As an adjective effuse is

poured out freely; profuse.

As a noun effuse is

(obsolete) effusion; loss.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

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

    effuse

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Poured out freely; profuse.
  • * Barrow
  • So should our joy be very effuse .
  • Disposed to pour out freely; prodigal.
  • (Young)
  • (botany) Spreading loosely, especially on one side.
  • an effuse inflorescence
  • (zoology) Having the lips, or edges, of the aperture abruptly spreading, as in certain shells.
  • Verb

    (effus)
  • to emit; to give off
  • (figuratively) to gush; to be excitedly talkative and enthusiastic about something
  • To pour out like a stream or freely; to cause to exude; to shed.
  • * Milton
  • With gushing blood effused .
  • to leak out through a small hole
  • Derived terms

    * effuser

    Noun

  • (obsolete) effusion; loss
  • * Shakespeare
  • Much effuse of blood.
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