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Meaning of effuse

ef•fuse

Pronunciation: (v.i-fyz'adj.i-fys'), [key]
— v., adj. -fused, -fus•ing,
—v.t.
  1. to pour out or forth; shed; disseminate: The town effuses warmth and hospitality.
—v.i.
  1. to exude; flow out.
  2. (of a gas) to flow through a very small orifice.
—adj.
  1. scattered; profuse.
  2. spread out loosely.
  3. (of certain shells) having the lips separated by a gap or groove.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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