Definition of diffusion:
- The act of diffusing, or the state of being diffused; a spreading; extension; dissemination; circulation; dispersion.
- The act of passing by osmosis through animal membranes, as in the distribution of poisons, gases, etc., through the body. Unlike absorption, diffusion may go on after death, that is, after the blood ceases to circulate.
spread, airing, excess, verboseness, verbiage, style, dispersal, redundancy, verbosity, spreading, public exposure, diffuseness, wordage, dissipation, wordiness, pleonasm, windiness, words, dispersion, dissemination, long-windedness, prolixity.
If what we have already advanced on that subject be at all well founded, this is the genuine turning point of the method to be chosen, for the same mode of diffusion will always be accompanied by the same mental experience, and each of the two aspects would identify, and would be evidence of, the other.- "Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I", Herbert Spencer.
This, I presume, is what is meant by the general diffusion of knowledge, so boasted of in the United States; such as it is, the diffusion of it is general enough, certainly; but I greatly doubt its being advantageous to the population.- "Domestic Manners of the Americans", Fanny Trollope.
- "The Romanization of Roman Britain", F. Haverfield.