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used in The Mill on the Floss

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to spread; or to soften or calm


to be spread out (not concentrated) — sometimes implying a lack or organization or the use of too many words
  • With the beginning of the last speech he had stretched out his legs, thrust his hands in his pockets, and prepared himself for some introductory diffuseness, tending to show that Mr. Deane had succeeded by his own merit, and that what he had to say to young men in general was, that if they didn't succeed too it was because of their own demerit.
    6.5 — Book 6 Chapter 5 — Showing That Tom Had Opened the Oyster (27% in)
  • Mumps declined to express himself more diffusely than by a single affirmative movement of his tail.
    4.3 — Book 4 Chapter 3 — A Voice from the Past (18% in)

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