effuse

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Adjective[edit]

effuse (comparative more effuse, superlative most effuse)

  1. Poured out freely; profuse.
    • Barrow
      So should our joy be very effuse.
  2. Disposed to pour out freely; prodigal.
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  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.
    • Milton
      With gushing blood effused.
  4. (intransitive) to leak out through a small hole

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Noun[edit]

effuse

  1. (obsolete) effusion; loss
    • Shakespeare
      Much effuse of blood.

Italian[edit]

Verb[edit]

effuse

  1. third-person singular past historic of effondere

effuse f

  1. Plural of effuso

Latin[edit]

Participle[edit]

effūse

  1. vocative masculine singular of effūsus