effuse

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Middle French effuser, from Latin effusus, past participle of effundere (to pour out).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (adjective) IPA(key): /ɪˈfjuːs/
  • (file)

Adjective[edit]

effuse (comparative more effuse, superlative most effuse)

  1. Poured out freely; profuse.
    • a. 1677, Isaac Barrow, The Nativity of our Lord tidings of great Joy (sermon):
      So should our joy be very effuse.
  2. Disposed to pour out freely; prodigal.
  3. (botany) Spreading loosely, especially on one side.
    an effuse inflorescence
  4. (zoology) Having the lips, or edges, of the aperture abruptly spreading, as in certain shells.

Verb[edit]

effuse (third-person singular simple present effuses, present participle effusing, simple past and past participle effused)

  1. (transitive) To emit; to give off.
  2. (figuratively) To gush; to be excitedly talkative and enthusiastic about something.
  3. (intransitive) To pour out like a stream or freely; to cause to exude; to shed.
  4. (intransitive) To leak out through a small hole.

Translations[edit]

Noun[edit]

effuse

  1. (obsolete) effusion; loss

Derived terms[edit]


Italian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Verb[edit]

effuse

  1. third-person singular past historic of effondere

Etymology 2[edit]

Participle[edit]

effuse f pl

  1. feminine plural of effuso

References[edit]

  1. ^ confuso in Luciano Canepari, Dizionario di Pronuncia Italiana (DiPI)

Latin[edit]

Participle[edit]

effūse

  1. vocative masculine singular of effūsus

References[edit]