effusive

ef*fu"sive

(?), a. 1. Pouring out; pouring forth freely. [archaic] "Washed with the effusive wave." Pope.
[1913 Webster]

2. (Geol.) formed by an outpouring of molten lava, or pertaining to rocks so formed.
[PJC]

3. overly demonstrative; expressing emotion in an unrestrained manner; exhibiting unrestrained enthusiasm; -- of people and human actions; as, effusive thanks; an effusive letter of recommendation. Contrasted with reserved. [wns=1+2]
Syn. -- gushing, gushy, burbling, burbly. [PJC]

Effusive rocks (Geol.), volcanic rocks formed by a nonexplosive outpouring of lava in molten or plastic form; in distinction from so-called intrusive, or plutonic, rocks.

-- Ef*fu"sive*ly, adv. -- Ef*fu"sive*ness, n.
[1913 Webster]

 

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