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DIFFUSION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does diffusion mean? 

DIFFUSION (noun)
  The noun DIFFUSION has 4 senses:

1. (physics) the process of diffusing; the intermingling of molecules in gases and liquids as a result of random thermal agitation
2. the spread of social institutions (and myths and skills) from one society to another
3. the property of being diffused or dispersed
4. the act of dispersing or diffusing something

  Familiarity information: DIFFUSION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DIFFUSION (noun)


Sense 1diffusion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(physics) the process of diffusing; the intermingling of molecules in gases and liquids as a result of random thermal agitation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Hypernyms ("diffusion" is a kind of...):

action; activity; natural action; natural process (a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings))

Domain category:

natural philosophy; physical science; physics (the science of matter and energy and their interactions)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "diffusion"):

osmosis (diffusion of molecules through a semipermeable membrane from a place of higher concentration to a place of lower concentration until the concentration on both sides is equal)

permeation; pervasion; suffusion (the process of permeating or infusing something with a substance)

transport (an exchange of molecules (and their kinetic energy and momentum) across the boundary between adjacent layers of a fluid or across cell membranes)


Sense 2diffusion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The spread of social institutions (and myths and skills) from one society to another

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Hypernyms ("diffusion" is a kind of...):

spread; spreading (process or result of distributing or extending over a wide expanse of space)

Domain category:

mythology (myths collectively; the body of stories associated with a culture or institution or person)


Sense 3diffusion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The property of being diffused or dispersed

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

dissemination; diffusion

Hypernyms ("diffusion" is a kind of...):

dispersion; distribution (the spatial property of being scattered about over an area or volume)


Sense 4diffusion [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of dispersing or diffusing something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

dispersal; dispersion; dissemination; diffusion

Context examples:

the dispersion of the troops / the diffusion of knowledge

Hypernyms ("diffusion" is a kind of...):

spread; spreading (act of extending over a wider scope or expanse of space or time)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "diffusion"):

crop-dusting; spraying (the dispersion of fungicides or insecticides or fertilizer on growing crops (often from a low-flying aircraft))


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