Definition of diffluent in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdɪflʊənt/


  • Of a material or immaterial thing: that flows away or apart; characterized by fluidity; specifically (of organic matter) that has dissolved into a liquid or semi-liquid state; deliquescent.


Late 16th century; earliest use found in Robert Dallington (b. 1561), author and courtier. From classical Latin diffluent-, diffluēns, present participle of diffluere to flow away in all directions, (of words or speakers) to be diffuse, to ramble, to waste or wear away, to disappear from dif- + fluere to flow.