Part of speech: noun

The act or process of diffusing; a scattering; dissemination; circulation.

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Usage examples "diffusion":

  1. The diffusion of knowledge, or more properly of truth, is the one great good to which wealth, genius, and existence ought all to be applied. - "Anna St. Ives", Thomas Holcroft.
  2. Germans exercise other professions which facilitate the patriotic diffusion of German culture. - "South America and the War", F. A. Kirkpatrick.
  3. Entail, like primogeniture, has been defended on the ground that it tends to keep large estates intact; but it is now so generally believed that a more widespread diffusion of land is desirable, that it is only necessary here to state the argument. - "Practical Politics; or, the Liberalism of To-day", Alfred Farthing Robbins.