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English noun: diffusion

1. diffusion (process) (physics) the process in which there is movement of a substance from an area of high concentration of that substance to an area of lower concentration


Broader (hypernym)action, activity, natural action, natural process


Narrower (hyponym)osmosis, permeation, pervasion, suffusion, transport


Domain categorynatural philosophy, physics

2. diffusion (event) the spread of social institutions (and myths and skills) from one society to another


Broader (hypernym)spread, spreading


Domain categorymythology

3. diffusion (attribute) the property of being diffused or dispersed


Synonymsdissemination


Broader (hypernym)dispersion, distribution

4. diffusion (act) the act of dispersing or diffusing something


SamplesThe dispersion of the troops.
The diffusion of knowledge.


Synonymsdispersal, dispersion, dissemination


Broader (hypernym)spread, spreading


Narrower (hyponym)crop-dusting, spraying









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