Dictionary: DIF-FUSE' – DI-GEST'ED

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  1. Widely spread; dispersed.
  2. Copious; prolix; using many words; giving full descriptions; as, Livy is a diffuse writer.
  3. Copious; verbose; containing full or particular accounts; not concise; as, a diffuse style.

DIF-FUSE', v.t. [diffu'ze; L. diffusus; diffundo; dis and fundo, to pour, to spread. If n is casual, as it probably is, the root belongs to Class Bd or Bs.]

  1. To pour out and spread, as a fluid; to cause to flow and spread. The river rose and diffused its waters over the adjacent plain.
  2. To spread; to send out or extend in all directions. Flowers diffuse their odors. The fame of Washington is diffused over Europe. The knowledge of the true God will be diffused over the earth.

DIF-FUS'ED, pp. [diffu'zed.]

  1. Spread; dispersed.
  2. Loose; flowing; wild. – Shak.

DIF-FUS'ED-LY, adv. [diffu'zedly.]

In a diffused manner; with wide dispersion.

DIF-FUS'ED-NESS, n. [diffu'zedness.]

The state of being widely spread. Sherwood.


  1. Widely; extensively.
  2. Copiously; with many words; fully.


One who diffuses.

DIF-FU-SI-BIL'I-TY, n. [diffusibil'ity.]

The quality of being diffusible, or capable of being spread; as, the diffusibility of clay in water. – Kirwan.

DIF-FU'SI-BLE, a. [diffu'zible.]

That may flow or be spread in all directions; that may be dispersed; as, diffusible stimuli. – Brown.

DIF-FU'SI-BLE-NESS, n. [s as z.]



Spreading; extending.

DIF-FU'SION, n. [s as z.]

  1. A spreading or flowing of a liquid substance or fluid, in a lateral as well as a lineal direction; as, the diffusion of water; the diffusion of air or light.
  2. A spreading or scattering; dispersion; as, a diffusion of dust or of seeds.
  3. A spreading; extension; propagation; as, the diffusion of knowledge, or of good principles.
  4. Copiousness; exuberance, as of style. [Little used.]


  1. Having the quality of diffusing, or spreading by flowing, as liquid substances or fluids; or of dispersing, as minute particles. Water, air and light; dust, smoke and odors are diffusive substances.
  2. Extended; spread widely; extending in all directions; extensive; as, diffusive charity or benevolence.


Widely; extensively; every way.


  1. The power of diffusing, or state of being diffused; dispersion.
  2. Extension, or extensiveness; as, the diffusiveness of benevolence.
  3. The quality or state of being diffuse, as an author or his style; verboseness; copiousness of words or expression. – Addison.

DIG, v.i.

  1. To work with a spade or other piercing instrument; to do servile work. I can not dig; I am ashamed to beg. – Luke xvi.
  2. To work in search of; to search. They dig for it, more than for hid treasures. – Job iii. To dig in, is to pierce with a spade or other pointed instrument. Son of man, dig now in the wall. – Ezek. viii. To dig through, to open a passage through; to make an opening from one side to the other.

DIG, v.t. [pret. digged or dug; pp. digged or dug; Sw. dika; Dan. diger, to dig, to ditch; Sw. dike, a ditch, Dan. dige; D. dyk, a dyke; G. deich; Sax. dic, id.; Sax. dician, to ditch; Eth. ደሐየ dachi. Class Dg, No. 14. The Irish, tochlaim, tachlaim, to dig, may be from the same root.]

  1. To open and break or turn up the earth with a spade or other sharp instrument. Be first to dig the ground. – Dryden.
  2. To excavate; to form an opening in the earth by digging and removing the loose earth; as, to dig a well, a pit, or a mine.
  3. To pierce or open with a snout or by other means, as swine or mole.
  4. To pierce with a pointed instrument; to thrust in. Still for the growing liver digged his breast. – Dryden. To dig down, is to undermine and cause to fall by digging; as, to dig down a wall. To dig out, or to dig from, is to obtain by digging; as, to dig coals from a mine; to dig out fossils. But the preposition is often omitted, and it is said, the men are digging coals, or digging iron ore. In such phrases, some word is understood: They are digging out ore, or digging for coals, or digging ore from the earth. To dig up, is to obtain something from the earth by opening it, or uncovering the thing with a spade or other instrument, or to force out from the earth by a bar; as, to dig up a stone.

DI-GAM'MA, n. [Gr. δις and γαμμα, double gamma.]

The name of F, most absurdly given to that letter, when first invented or used by the Eolians, on account of its figure. A letter should be named from its sound, and not from its shape. The letter is ef.

DIG'A-MY, n.

Second marriage. [Not in use.] – Herbert.

DI-GAS'TRIC, a. [Gr. δις and γαςηρ, belly.]

Having a double belly; an epithet given to a muscle of the lower jaw. – Bailey.

DIG'ER-ENT, a. [L. digerens.]

Digesting. [Not in use.]

DI'GEST, n. [L. digestus, put in order.]

  1. .
  2. A collection or body of Roman laws, digested or arranged under proper titles by order of the Emperor Justinian. A pandect.
  3. Any collection, compilation, abridgment or summary of laws, disposed under proper heads or titles; as, the digest of Comyns.

DI-GEST', v.i.

  1. To be prepared by heat.
  2. To suppurate; to generate laudable pus; as an ulcer or wound.
  3. To dissolve and be prepared for manure, as substances in compost.

DI-GEST', v.t. [L. digestum, from digero, to distribute, or to dissolve; di or dis and gero, to bear, carry, or wear; Fr. digerer; It. digerire; Sp. digerir.]

  1. To distribute into suitable classes, or under proper heads or titles; to arrange in convenient order; to dispose in due method; as, to digest the Roman law or the common law.
  2. To arrange methodically in the mind; to form with due arrangement of parts; as, to digest a plan or scheme.
  3. To separate or dissolve in the stomach, as food; to reduce to minute parts fit to enter the lacteals and circulate; to concoct; to convert into chyme. – Coxe. Encyc.
  4. In chimistry, to soften and prepare by heat; to expose to a gentle heat in a boiler or matrass, as a preparation for chimical operations.
  5. To bear with patience; to brook; to receive without resentment; not to reject; as, say what you will, he will digest it. – Shak.
  6. To prepare in the mind; to dispose in a manner that shall improve the understanding and heart; to prepare for nourishing practical duties; as, to digest a discourse or sermon.
  7. To dispose an ulcer or wound to suppurate.
  8. To dissolve and prepare for manure, as plants and other substances.


Reduced to method; arranged in due order; concocted or prepared in the stomach or by a gentle heat; received without rejection; borne; disposed for use.