Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun diffusion

4 senses of diffusion

Sense 1
diffusion -- ((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)
       => natural process, natural action, action, activity -- (a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings); "the action of natural forces"; "volcanic activity")

Sense 2
diffusion -- (the spread of social institutions (and myths and skills) from one society to another)
       => spread, spreading -- (process or result of distributing or extending over a wide expanse of space)

Sense 3
dissemination, diffusion -- (the property of being diffused or dispersed)
       => distribution, dispersion -- (the spatial or geographic property of being scattered about over a range, area, or volume; "worldwide in distribution"; "the distribution of nerve fibers"; "in complementary distribution")

Sense 4
dispersion, dispersal, dissemination, diffusion -- (the act of dispersing or diffusing something; "the dispersion of the troops"; "the diffusion of knowledge")
       => spread, spreading -- (act of extending over a wider scope or expanse of space or time)

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