osmosis vs diffusion

osmosis diffusion


  • 1) slang Picking up knowledge accidentally, without actually seeking that particular knowledge.
  • 2) The net movement of solvent molecules from a region of high solvent potential to a region of lower solvent potential through a partially permeable membrane
  • 3) A gradual, often unconscious process of assimilation or absorption.
  • 4) Diffusion of fluid through a semipermeable membrane from a solution with a low solute concentration to a solution with a higher solute concentration until there is an equal solute concentration on both sides of the membrane.
  • 5) The tendency of fluids to diffuse in such a manner.
  • 6) The action produced by this tendency.
  • 7) The tendency in fluids to mix, or become equably diffused, when in contact. It was first observed between fluids of differing densities, and as taking place through a membrane or an intervening porous structure. An older term for the phenomenon was Osmose.
  • 8) (biology, chemistry) diffusion of molecules through a semipermeable membrane from a place of higher concentration to a place of lower concentration until the concentration on both sides is equal
  • 9) The diffusion of fluids through membranes. See osmose.


  • 1) physics the scattering of light by reflection from a rough surface, or by passage through a translucent medium
  • 2) physics the intermingling of the molecules of a fluid due to random thermal agitation
  • 3) physics, weather Exchange of airborne media between regions in space in an apparently random motion of a small scale.
  • 4) the spread of cultural or linguistic practices, or social institutions, in one or more communities
  • 5) the movement of water vapor from regions of high concentration (high water vapor pressure) toward regions of lower concentration.
  • 6) the act of diffusing or dispersing something, or the property of being diffused or dispersed; dispersion
  • 7) The scattering of incident light by reflection from a rough surface.
  • 8) The process of diffusing or the condition of being diffused.
  • 9) The spontaneous intermingling of the particles of two or more substances as a result of random thermal motion.
  • 10) The spread of linguistic or cultural practices or innovations within a community or from one community to another.
  • 11) The transmission of light through a translucent material.
  • 12) The act of diffusing, or the state of being diffused; a spreading; extension; dissemination; circulation; dispersion.
  • 13) (Physiol.) The act of passing by osmosis through animal membranes, as in the distribution of poisons, gases, etc., through the body. Unlike absorption, diffusion may go on after death, that is, after the blood ceases to circulate.
  • 14) the spread of social institutions (and myths and skills) from one society to another
  • 15) (physics) the process in which there is movement of a substance from an area of high concentration of that substance to an area of lower concentration
  • 16) Diffuseness; prolixity.
  • 17) Conduction of heat.
  • 18) The act of diffusing, or the state of being diffused.
  • 19) A scattering, dispersion, or dissemination, as of dust or seed, or of animals or plants.
  • 20) In psychology, the law, formulated by A. Bain, that “according as an impression is accompanied with feeling, the aroused currents diffuse themselves freely over the brain, leading to a general agitation of the moving organs, as well as affecting the viscera.”
  • 21) Propagation or spread, as of knowledge or doctrine.
  • 22) Synonyms Spread, circulation, expansion, dissemination, distribution.


  • 1) The atmosphere of paranoid terror quickly seeped into me by some sort of awful corporate osmosis.
  • 2) I wanted a look at the place, thought I might pick up something by osmosis.
  • 3) She believed she had found happiness and imagined she would acquire wisdom through osmosis.
  • 4) As the power of the stranger's presence communicated itself by some mysterious osmosis to the room, the second surprise took place.
  • 5) The most common alternative, reverse osmosis, is cheaper, but it 's still pricey and energy-intensive.
  • 6) He didn't he just absorbed by osmosis from the blog the fact that I'd be interested in anything Woolfy he might find for my shelves on his bookshop travels.
  • 7) Now, instead of picking up gossip by osmosis from the next booth at Terry’s Nook, their only leads arrive by telephone.
  • 8) Now, there is a process known as reverse osmosis, which is very good typically at getting rid of almost all impurities.
  • 9) The object of the process called osmosis is to carry off these salts.
  • 10) Basically, when you put salt into a bucket of water and add a piece of meat ... chicken for example, a scientific process called osmosis begins to take effect.
  • 11) There aren't any college records because the Zebulonians actually learn by osmosis, which is why being on the job is the best way for President Obama to learn.
  • 12) But they are suffering from "osmosis," from simply spending too much time around investment bankers and the like.
  • 13) ‘If a solution and solvent or two solutions of different strength are separated by a semi permeable membrane, osmosis can occur.’
  • 14) ‘Therefore, water tends to flow into the cell by osmosis, down its concentration gradient.’
  • 15) ‘By means of osmosis, the high concentration of sugar in the solution draws wastes, chemicals and extra water from the tiny blood vessels in your peritoneal membrane into the solution.’
  • 16) ‘Eventually, a pressure difference between the two heights of the solutions occurs which is so large that osmosis cannot continue.’
  • 17) ‘There, the salt acts as a magnet, drawing water by osmosis from the blood and other body fluids up through the glands.’
  • 18) ‘Thomas maintained that she did not devour encyclopaedias for breakfast but picked up her knowledge by osmosis.’
  • 19) ‘The open office is a tremendous opportunity to share knowledge and learn by osmosis.’
  • 20) ‘I mean, I've got this theory that if you watch a lot of sport on television, by some sort of strange process of osmosis you think you play a lot of sport.’
  • 21) ‘As has often been stated by historians working on the history of religion, new forms of deities and new rituals were possibly contributed through this osmosis.’
  • 22) ‘Political parties and city politics are not good bedfellows, but the city keeps getting dragged into the mix like there's some principle of osmosis at work.’
  • 23) ‘Of course, you can always wait two or three years and hope your child will pick up reading through osmosis and mass whole-language drill.’
  • 24) ‘Hoberman mounts a catch all analysis of the curious three-way osmosis between Washington, Hollywood and the counter-culture.’
  • 25) ‘We've been working together for so long, it's like osmosis.’
  • 26) ‘In other words, information was being transmitted almost by osmosis, encouraging the pursuit of excellence.’
  • 27) ‘Since there's little, if any, coursework required, call it education by osmosis.’
  • 28) ‘Pop culture icons have always been part of the zeitgeist; they seep in through visual osmosis.’
  • 29) ‘By interaction and osmosis, the prevailing attitude shifts from one of doctrine, to that of a general consensus.’
  • 30) ‘But officials are loath to discuss the mysterious osmosis that seems to exist between the presidency and government.’
  • 31) ‘Apparently through osmosis they have come up with separate themes to pursue.’
  • 32) ‘Because I was always around yoga, I just kind of picked it up by osmosis.’
  • 33) ‘During my time as a model, I learned almost through osmosis because I dealt with people on an ongoing basis,’ she said.’
  • 34) ‘Her first set was a combination of songs Eliza had absorbed from her famous parents through osmosis, a Billy Brag number and tracks from her new album, Anglicana.’
  • 35) ‘He is engraved in the world's pop culture lexicon, absorbed via osmosis by each new generation.’
  • 36) ‘I'd been exposed to the apparel industry through osmosis my entire life.’
  • 37) ‘They did not lose their status by osmosis any more than they could gain status by osmosis.’


  • 1) `The T-shirts and the graffiti stuff are for a diffusion collection.
  • 2) `I spent all morning trying to draw the inside of a diffusion en-larger.
  • 3) Squill said, "One of the reasons this case is going nowhere is diffusion.
  • 4) The term diffusion applies both to dissemination of information about a new technology and dissemination of the technology itself; for instance, new cooking stoves.
  • 5) I like to use reflected light as much as possible, and the source can be anything as long as the angle and diffusion is good.
  • 6) Random diffusion is a type of stochastic process, so if the theory of cosmogenic drift is to be developed, and if observable predictions are to be derived from it, then it will be necessary to employ the mathematics of stochastic processes.
  • 7) The simplest type of diffusion is Brownian motion, (also termed a Wiener process), which is a simple random walk in which the increments between random variables St have a normal distribution with a mean value of zero.
  • 8) An ID proponent, citing Dembski in No Free Lunch, insists that diffusion is not possible inside of living cells.
  • 9) There is a need to anticipate technical characteristics - such as performance, cost, and diffusion - of new energy technologies such as photovoltaics, hydrogen production, and fuel cells; the long-term diffusion, transfer, and performance of these technologies depends on near-term RD&D and investment policies and decisions.
  • 10) The rate of diffusion is determined by the difference between the tension in the blood and that in the surrounding tissue.
  • 11) We have direct evidence that only a small part of the acetylcholine so injected actually reaches the muscle end plates by diffusion from the vessels; and we argued that, in any case, it could not reach them simultaneously, but only in rapid succession; so that the response, in spite of its superficial resemblance to a rather slow twitch, must actually be
  • 12) Thus Jefferson's early, eloquent denunciations of slavery (whether sincere or half-hearted) gave way to cheerleading for what he called "diffusion" -- the proposition that, if slavery were expanded into the western territories, it would somehow dilute itself and go away, never mind the cost to its victims in the meantime.
  • 13) Considering the manner in which acetylcholine must reach the motor end plates of the muscle fibres, if it were indeed the transmitter of motor nerve excitation - that it must appear with a flash-like suddenness, in high concentration, simultaneously at every nerve ending - we concluded that the ordinary method of injecting acerylcholine, so that it reached the muscle by slow diffusion from the general circulation, could not possibly reproduce this abrupt appearance at the points responsive to its action.
  • 14) ‘Through these, new subject matter and models were widely disseminated, with diffusion into book illumination and sculpture.’
  • 15) ‘But diffusion of ideas does not mean they are implemented; it only means they are talked about.’
  • 16) ‘Some skeptics have dismissed this diffusion of democratic ideas as ‘Westernization’ pure and simple.’
  • 17) ‘Such interpenetration and diffusion of ideas, images, and information is made possible by the Internet on a global scale.’
  • 18) ‘Only the articulation and diffusion of dangerous ideas was still limited.’
  • 19) ‘The focus is on ideas, idea diffusion, brands, marketing, persuasion and web design.’
  • 20) ‘Interconnectedness also contributes to the rapid diffusion of ideas and technology.’
  • 21) ‘The circulation and diffusion of information provides a good example of the differences between German and Chinese organizational routines.’
  • 22) ‘The diffusion of goods, ideas, and people works continuously to erode uneven development, but never succeeds in doing so.’
  • 23) ‘Equally effective in the general diffusion of Christian ideas and Christianity in general was the monastic movement.’
  • 24) ‘If, however, the priority is the diffusion of alternate ideas and debates, we should not overemphasize one vehicle over others.’
  • 25) ‘This was also the beginning of a diffusion of English ideas into Indian diet.’
  • 26) ‘In fact, the pace and diffusion of IT innovation is now held to be so rapid that businesses must ditch all plans for next year and instead compete on internet time, putting the accent on agility rather than strategy.’
  • 27) ‘The Smithsonian was established by congress in 1846 for ‘the increase and diffusion of knowledge’ among the public.’
  • 28) ‘This paper documents some aspects of this trend, and proposes policy diffusion as a set of mechanisms that explain the clustering in time and space of liberal policies.’
  • 29) ‘Eighty-seven years ago, he set twin ideals for the institution to follow - advancement of knowledge and comprehensive diffusion of the fruits of its labour.’
  • 30) ‘But notice that the success of the joke depended on the tension that preceded it, and the secretary may have minded the tension more than she appreciated its diffusion.’
  • 31) ‘Thus, while the use of the new technology is indeed still extremely limited in India, and diffusion that can make a difference to the quality of life must wait, there are signs of change.’
  • 32) ‘Broadly, productive economic activities and notions of long-term investment became sidelined in favour of immediate consumption and resource diffusion.’
  • 33) ‘It's like diffusion of innovation: whenever innovation comes along, the well-to-do are much quicker at adopting it.’
  • 34) ‘Some parts are painted white to assist with light diffusion, but the essential texture and character of the material is still legible.’
  • 35) ‘The beach seemed to shine in the moonlight; the water sparkled, reflecting the light in diffusion.’
  • 36) ‘Screen shots show the use of the curve, light diffusion and terracing to invite the player.’
  • 37) ‘When an object reflects light with little diffusion it is said to have a glossy or optically smooth surface.’
  • 38) ‘The halation to which he referred is a further diffusion of light that can occur around highlights, as well as around other areas of brightness in a projected camera image.’
  • 39) ‘It was now long after nightfall, yet the interminable forest through which he journeyed was lit with a wan glimmer having no point of diffusion, for in its mysterious lumination nothing cast a shadow.’
  • 40) ‘Colors in the agate are due to traces of iron and manganese oxides or to light diffusion in colloids.’
  • 41) ‘As in her canvases, the white serves to isolate and intensify the colored shapes, but here it also permits an increased diffusion of light throughout the chapel.’
  • 42) ‘The former model tends to use physical analogies like the diffusion of light or the growth of a plant.’
  • 43) ‘Another is the reflections off the water's surface, the refraction, and what I would call subsurface scattering of light, or the diffusion of light.’
  • 44) ‘He received the 1930 Nobel Prize in Physics for his research on the diffusion of light and discovery of the Raman effect.’
  • 45) ‘A second patent followed after he began to study the diffusion of infrared light.’
  • 46) ‘Cheese Graters cast more shadows than light because they're given to light patterns and light diffusion - core ingredients of mood lighting.’
  • 47) ‘Examples include the distribution of counterions on DNA, micelles, polymer diffusion, and liquid mixtures.’
  • 48) ‘Respiratory function tests generally show a persistent slight-to-moderate hypoxemia and a reduction of carbon monoxide diffusion.’
  • 49) ‘The difference could be attributed to errors on cell counts, natural variability, gas diffusion through tissue of intact pears, and other factors.’
  • 50) ‘The diffusion of particles in a polymer solution has been investigated on numerous polymeric systems.’
  • 51) ‘These studies address the effect of the hydrophobic surfactant proteins on diffusion within lipid bilayers.’
  • 52) ‘He accounts for this by cultural diffusion: any development which might have enabled one of the civilizations to forge ahead was borrowed and adopted by the other civilizations.’
  • 53) ‘According to world culture theorists, the diffusion took place in three phases.’
  • 54) ‘The cities he founded became the spring boards for the diffusion of Hellenistic culture.’
  • 55) ‘This remarkable cultural diffusion clearly illustrates just how far north Hispanic influences spread.’
  • 56) ‘Others have attributed the transmission of common motifs and themes to a process of diffusion, whereby ideas are carried from culture to culture by humans involved in such activities as war and trade.’

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