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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


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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