Phrases with "diffused"

Henry James It diffused a certain awkwardness, which Lady Pimlico, as a sympathetic daughter, perhaps desired to rectify in turning to Mrs. Westgate. “I suppose you go out immensely. An International Episode by Henry James [1878]

Louis Pasteur The germs of the vibrios concerned in putrefaction are diffused around us on every side, and, in all probability, it is one or more of these germs that develop in the medium in question. The physiological theory of fermentation by Louis Pasteur

Jules Verne They diffused a powerful odor of burnt powder, and scattered on the ground a white sediment like dazzling snow. In Search of the Castaways by Jules Verne [1873]

These two species (A) and (I) were also supposed to be very common and widely diffused species, so that they must originally have had some advantage over most of the other species of the genus. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

E. F. Benson Also it appeared to come neither from here nor there, but to be diffused through the room. The Thing in the Hall by E. F. Benson [1912]

H. G. Wells It is amazing how very widely diffused is the ignorance of such really important matters as this Hapley–Pawkins feud. The Stolen Bacillus and other incidents by H. G. Wells [1895]

Henry David Thoreau The cheeks are a slide from the brows into the valley of the face, opposed and diffused by the cheek bones. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

The broad day, penetrating through the passage, diffused a semicircle of twilight over the flooring. Romance by Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford [1903]

Benjamin Disraeli Intelligence of the appointment of the Centaur was speedily diffused throughout the island, and produced great and general satisfaction. The Voyage of Captain Popanilla by Benjamin Disraeli [1828]

Percy Bysshe Shelley A heavenly, yet faint smile, diffused itself over his countenance—his hand slightly moved. Zastrozzi by Percy Bysshe Shelley [1810]

It was nearly five o’clock on that raw December morning; low down in the sky a hazy moon shed a diffused light; all the surrounding houses were still and dark. Some Experiences of an Irish R.M. by Somerville and Ross [1899]

If this be the case we may hope to find the mineral generally diffused throughout these immense formations; of course, in some places the yield will be richer and in others poorer. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

The sides were curiously sculptured, and a flight of steps led to the water below, which fed the aqueducts above noticed, or, collected into fountains, diffused a perpetual moisture. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Ann Radcliffe A tender and pleasing melancholy diffused itself over her mind; and as she mused, she heard the dashing of distant oars. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Nathaniel Hawthorne And the infectious poison of that sin had been thus rapidly diffused throughout his moral system. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1850]

Arthur Conan Doyle This collar was placed over the dome of the balloon, and the hanging thongs were gathered together below, so that the pressure of any weight would be diffused over a considerable surface. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

The feeling subtilized itself as Elizabeth grew older, diffused itself through all her thoughts. Burmese Days by George Orwell

The ray of white light arrested by her filled her as a lamp—was diffused as a mild glow from her. A Book of Ghosts by S. Baring-Gould [1904]

Victor Hugo Mysterious, diffused existences amalgamate themselves with life on that border of death, which sleep is. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

The Langdale Pikes, Fairfield, Helvellyn were beyond, and across Yewdale loomed the hump of the Old Man. The light about and around him was diffused as though shed by the multitude of stars. Judith Paris by Hugh Walpole [1931]

Nathaniel Hawthorne His earnest devotion to his cause, his deep emotion, evidently suppressed, but for that very reason all the more interesting, diffused themselves like electricity through his hearers. Life of Franklin Pierce by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1852]

H. G. Wells It can have at once, the concentration of a craniate animal and the diffused vitality of an amoeba. World Brain by H. G. Wells [1938]

A fine sleet flew in, imperceptible save for the sensation of damp it gave, and the slight haze it diffused through the air. Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

It stings sensitive folk with its intensity at close quarters, but when diffused is fragrance of ethereal delight. Tropic Days by E. J. Banfield

Ann Radcliffe As they descended through the woods, and traversed the margin of the lake, the stillness and solemnity of the hour diffused a pensive sweetness over their minds, and sunk them into silence. The Romance of the Forest by Ann Radcliffe [1791]

Thus far it resembles the Jibbah find: on the other hand, it is not plutonic, but chalky like those of Makná and Sinai, the crystals being similarly diffused throughout the matrix. The Land of Midian by Richard F. Burton [1879]

Arnold Bennett A great deal of diffused light filtered through the cloudy sky. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

It diffused general satisfaction throughout Ireland, that, on the very day before the final engagement of Vinegar Hill, Lord Cornwallis made his entry into Dublin as the new lord lieutenant. Autobiographical Sketches by Thomas De Quincey [1853]

Tobias Smolle It was not only soft and elastic, but the plant, being in flower, diffused an agreeable fragrance, which is wonderfully refreshing and restorative. The Expedition of Humphry Clinker by Tobias Smolle

George Gissing Have I not with my own eyes seen it turning, turning on the spit? The scent it diffused was in itself a cure for dyspepsia. The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft by George Gissing [1902]

William Harrison Ainsworth Melodious masses proper to the service were ever and anon chanted by the papal choir, and overpowering perfume was diffused around by a hundred censers. A Night's Adventure in Rome by William Harrison Ainsworth

Oliver Goldsmith Here too we drank tea, which now was become an occasional banquet; and as we had it but seldom, it diffused a new joy, the preparations for it being made with no small share of bustle and ceremony. The Vicar of Wakefield by Oliver Goldsmith

The hollow through which it came sloped diagonally: it seemed to me a diffused atmospheric light, not like that from fire, but soft and silvery, as from a northern star. The Coming Race by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1871]

H. G. Wells Through this universe with its diffused Space-God spun the earth, moving amidst the stars along paths that were difficult to understand and still more difficult to remember. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Samuel Johnson Civility seems part of the national character of Highlanders. Every chieftain is a monarch, and politeness, the natural product of royal government, is diffused from the laird through the whole clan. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Marjorie Bowen The door opened; a glow of intimate yellow light was diffused over the jasmine and roses, and a woman’s figure showed. The Rake’s Progress by Marjorie Bowen [1912]

Again, plants low in the scale of organisation are generally much more widely diffused than plants higher in the scale; and here again there is no close relation to the size of the genera. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

H. G. Wells My God, who by this time had become entirely disembodied, had been diffused through this space since the beginning of things. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Thus the social and moral qualities would tend slowly to advance and be diffused throughout the world. The Descent of Man by Charles Darwin

Edith Wharton A deeper stillness possessed the air, and the glitter of the American autumn was tempered by a haze which diffused the brightness without dulling it. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton [1905]

The fierce sun was still mellowed by a thin, gauzy haze, and the rays were diffused over the pond in a solid gleam. A Bride from the Bush by E. W. Hornung [1890]

Leon Trotsky I plunged into history with an increasing though diffused interest. My Life by Leon Trotsky

These windows were small and square, and their panes, irisated by age, unwillingly admitted the pale, diffused light of the winter days. In the World by Maksim Gorky

A. E. W. Mason He remembered a telegram coming which took a long while in the reading—which diffused among all except Durrance an inexplicable suspense. The Four Feathers by A. E. W. Mason [1902]

F. Scott Fitzgerald A negligée of robin’s-egg blue laid out upon the bed diffused a faint perfume, illusive and familiar. The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald [1922]

Henry James A diffused brightness, a kind of high crosslight of conflicting windows, rests for me at all events on the little realm of Mr. Pulling Jenks and bathes it as with positively sweet limitations. A small boy and others by Henry James [1913]

Benjamin Disraeli He concentrated on this being all that ardent affection which, had he diffused among his fellow-creatures, might have ensured his happiness and his prosperity. The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli [1831]

Victor Hugo The species of log hanging in the wind partook of the impersonality diffused far over sea and sky, and the darkness completed this phase of the thing which had once been a man. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

H. G. Wells First it concentrated the diffused discontent and self-criticism in my life into an acute emotional situation. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Victor Hugo In that fatal second he feels weighing on him a diffused responsibility. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

H. G. Wells They diffused an unusually powerful odour of cigars and courage. The Dream by H. G. Wells [1924]

Sir Walter Scott Two silver lamps, fed with perfumed oil, diffused at once a delicious odour and a trembling twilight-seeming shimmer through the quiet apartment. Kenilworth by Sir Walter Scott [1821]

H. G. Wells But few of them had anticipated the diffused toughness of the old corpus and its capacity for counter-revolutionary exertion. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Wilkie Collins The cheerful glow of anticipated success diffused itself (to use a strong expression) all over me, from head to foot. The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins [1859]

Nathaniel Hawthorne It was probably the effect of the western sunshine, melting through the thinly diffused vapors that had swept between him and the object that he gazed at. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

It was the light of invisible Tlapallan, reflected and diffused from the rocks at the valley’s entrance. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

He diffused such portentous gloom into the atmosphere that I lost patience with him. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Andrew Lang Thus, to anthropologists, the discovery of crystal-gazing as a thing widely diffused and still flourishing ought to be grateful, however much they may blame my childish credulity. The Making of Religion by Andrew Lang

The presence of Safie diffused happiness among its inhabitants, and I also found that a greater degree of plenty reigned there. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Edith Wharton The humming radiator diffused an atmosphere of drowsy warmth, and through a half-open door she saw the glitter of the nickel taps above twin marble basins. Summer by Edith Wharton [1917]

There was, in fact, an air of pleasing domesticity diffused over the whole circus. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Wilkie Collins A single lamp diffused its mild light over the books, pictures, and busts round her, leaving the further end of the room, in which the bed was placed, almost lost in obscurity. The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins [1873]

Henry James This charm operated apparently in a very direct, primitive way: her presence diffused it and fully established it, but her absence left comparatively little of it behind. The Tragic Muse by Henry James [1890]

Under their influence the betting habit became if anything rather wore widely diffused than before. The Chronicles of Clovis by Saki

Save for the faint and diffused rays that escaped from a closely hooded arc-light that was swung directly over the pit, the whole place was always in darkness. The Hangman’s Knot by Arthur Gask [1935]

Tobias Smolle It was easy to perceive the mutual sentiments of the two lovers at meeting, by the pleasure that sensibly diffused itself in the countenances of both. The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom by Tobias Smolle

Nathaniel Hawthorne On the contrary, there appears to have been a general vigor and vivacity diffused into the whole round of colonial life. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Some spicy herb diffused a pleasant odor through the ruin. The Snow Image and other stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1851]

Edgar Rice Burroughs The chambers are lighted by diffused sunlight reflected through tubes similar to those by which the avenues are lighted. At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burroughs [1914]

And that single experiment, by a wonderful indication, as with a finger, proclaims the grand magnetick nature of the earth to be innate and diffused through all her inward parts. On the Magnet by William Gilber

Henry James Large, fair, smiling, serene, there was something in her very tranquillity that diffused itself, and when people looked round it was because of a sudden quiet. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Nathaniel Hawthorne A genial warmth, he sometimes fancied, diffused itself throughout him, and perhaps continued during the next day. The Dolliver Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1876]

D. H. Lawrence Something told her that the horse was not quite happy: that somewhere deep in his animal consciousness lived a dangerous, half-revealed resentment, a diffused sense of hostility. St Mawr by D. H. Lawrence

The brilliant hue diffused itself over every object of her eye and heart. Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin [1820]

Edgar Allan Poe A clear light diffused itself immediately throughout the whole surface; and had there been any writing upon it, I should not have experienced the least difficulty, I am sure, in reading it. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe

They heard and saw things incommunicably strange, and a sacred rapture diffused itself among them. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

H. G. Wells The bulk of three cigars had passed into the invisible or diffused as a white ash over the carpet before he spoke again. The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells [1897]

The haze seems to be self-luminous, giving a soft, yellow light, so diffused that shadows are unknown. The Land Beyond the Blow by Ambrose Bierce

Samuel Johnson As piety predominated in his mind, it is diffused over his works. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Jules Verne This darkness also showed that the projectile had passed the atmospheric strata, for the diffused light spread in the air would have been reflected on the metal walls, which reflection was wanting. Round the Moon by Jules Verne [1873]

H. G. Wells From that it is an easy step to this idea, the idea whose first expression had already so touched the imagination of Amanda, of a sort of diffused and voluntary kingship scattered throughout mankind. The Research Magnificent by H. G. Wells [1915]

In the expiring, diffused twilight, and before the clouded night dropped its mysterious veil, it was the immensity of space made visible — almost palpable. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

Isabella Bird The light from the candle burning inside is diffused and soft. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Arthur Conan Doyle The light was diffused and was clearly an extension of that fluor system which was already engaging the attention of our European engineers when the filament and lamp were dispensed with. The Maracot Deep by Arthur Conan Doyle [1929]

Maria Edgeworth A few bright stars had risen, and shone, and been admired; but the useful light had not diffused itself. Harrington by Maria Edgeworth

Francis Bacon Physic hath three parts, whereof two respect nature united or collected, the third contemplateth nature diffused or distributed. The Advancement of Learning by Francis Bacon [1605]

Victor Hugo The diffused pallor that served as light became more and more a pall. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Henry James The room was flushed with subdued, diffused brightness; it contained the larger things and — almost always — an odour of flowers. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Ann Radcliffe The purple flush of evening was diffused over the heavens. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Nathaniel Hawthorne My soul shall drink its radiance; it shall be diffused throughout my intellectual powers and gleam brightly in every line of poesy that I indite. Twice-Told Tales by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1842]

Ann Radcliffe The flush of triumph was diffused over the features of the Abate, though a shade of unappeased resentment yet remained visible. A Sicilian Romance by Ann Radcliffe [1790]

Edith Wharton From childhood she had been taught to “collect herself” — but never before had her small sensations and aspirations been so widely scattered, diffused over so vague and uncharted an expanse. The Hermit and the Wild Woman and other stories by Edith Wharton [1908]

H. G. Wells He found that as the dawn advanced, and the amount of diffused light increased, the crystal became to all appearance non-luminous. The Crystal Egg by H. G. Wells [1897]

D. H. Lawrence There was a moon behind clouds, shedding a diffused light, gleaming now and again in bits of smoky mother-of-pearl. The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence

H. G. Wells The diffused liberal thought of nearly a century of ineffective years was being given a scientific form and a scientific application. The Holy Terror by H. G. Wells [1939]

Andrew Lang There is no need for a hypothesis of common origin, or of borrowing, to account for this widely diffused sacred object. Custom and Myth by Andrew Lang

Margaret Oliphant To a new mind there is so much that is attractive in it—a specious air of knowing, of living, of greater experience, and more universal interests is diffused over it. The Wizard's Son by Margaret Oliphant [1882]

Charles Dudley Warner This decision, being straightway made known, diffused general joy throughout New Amsterdam, for the people immediately perceived that they had a very wise and equitable magistrate to rule over them. Washington Irving by Charles Dudley Warner

Her good will diffused itself in all directions. Descent into Hell by Charles Williams [1937]

Jules Verne The moon, riding in mid-heaven, diffused her rays on all sides. The Underground City by Jules Verne [1877]

Nothing had been said, but a sense of trouble subtly diffused itself through those who saw him go out. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Edith Wharton These tall bare rooms, where busts and sarcophagi were ranged as in the twilight of a temple, diffused an influence that lowered the voice and hushed the step. The Valley of Decision by Edith Wharton [1902]

Would it be thought patronising to Mr. Peck? The fire from the Franklin-stove diffused a drowsy comfort through the room, the rain lashed the window-panes, and the wind shrilled in the gable. Annie Kilburn by William Dean Howells

Tobias Smolle The perfect and uninterrupted felicity of the knight and his endearing consort, diffused itself through the whole adjacent country, as far as their example and influence could extend. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Edith Wharton There was no moon, but the diffused starlight gave a faint uniform lustre to the moving obscurity. The Gods Arrive by Edith Wharton [1932]

Victor Hugo He was hearkening to a diffused and faint uproar, far away to the left, like the deep note of a clarion. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Deepest of all in her personality was the golden radiance that she diffused around her. This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald

William Godwin He likewise brought with him all sorts of precious perfumes and fire, with some compositions which diffused noisome and bad odours. Lives of the Necromancers by William Godwin [1834]

It became gradually softer and clearer in its light; spreading wider and broader, it diffused all space — all space seemed swallowed up in it. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Caroline Lamb There was a blaze of glorious light diffused over the calm scene, and the gloomy battlements of Belfont Priory yet shone with the departing ray. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

The radiance of the fungi, diffused and made uncertain by mist wreaths, hardly penetrated the black niche at all. Citadel of Fear by Francis Stevens

George Gissing Irene’s eyes fell on everything and diffused her own happy spirit. The Crown of Life by George Gissing [1899]

Arthur Conan Doyle Down the Strand the lamps were but misty splotches of diffused light which threw a feeble circular glimmer upon the slimy pavement. The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle [1890]

Henry James A window near her was half open, and the soft clearness of the day and all the odour of the spring diffused themselves, and made the place cheerful and pure. The Princess Casamassima by Henry James [1886]

William Henry Bragg It is easy to show that in such circumstances the energy becomes so diffused that an enormous number of X rays must pass over any atom before it can gather enough for one β ray. Studies in Radioactivity by William Henry Bragg [1912]

Henry James It was present to me that if I could catch, on the part of my interlocutress, anything of a straight scent, I might take that as the measure of a diffused danger. The Sacred Fount by Henry James [1901]

Isabella Bird The bright sun of the Indian summer poured down its flood of light upon the castled steep, and a faint blue mist was diffused over the scene of beauty. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

They made many signs which I did not comprehend, but I saw that her presence diffused gladness through the cottage, dispelling their sorrow as the sun dissipates the morning mists. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Thomas Hardy Though the sky was dense with cloud a diffused light from some fragment of a moon had hitherto helped them a little. Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

In spite of herself, an uneasy feeling diffused itself through her mind, when, the sun going down, a misty, chilly twilight crept over the landscape. Lodore by Mary Shelley

Robert Louis Stevenson It was a clear, moonlit night; but the valley was too narrow to admit the moonshine direct, and only a diffused glimmer whitened the tall rocks and relieved the blackness of the pines. Across the Plains by Robert Louis Stevenson

David Hume His whole family, by the freedom, ease, confidence, and calm enjoyment, diffused over their countenances, sufficiently express their happiness. An Enquiry into the Principles of Morals by David Hume