dilution

noun

di·​lu·​tion dī-ˈlü-shən How to pronounce dilution (audio)
də-
1
: the action of diluting : the state of being diluted
2
: something (such as a solution) that is diluted
3
: a lessening of real value (as of equity) by a decrease in relative worth
specifically : a decrease of per share value of common stock by an increase in the total number of shares

Examples of dilution in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Otherwise, the dilution will be off (that frozen stuff is water). Jason O'Bryan, Robb Report, 27 Jan. 2024 Advertisement Mike Schaller Temple City :: The dilution of the National Baseball Hall of Fame continues. Los Angeles Times, 27 Jan. 2024 The publication recently filed a lawsuit against OpenAI and Microsoft that claims copyright infringement, trademark dilution, and unfair competition. IEEE Spectrum, 6 Jan. 2024 The complaint brings claims for copyright infringement, contributory copyright infringement, trademark dilution, unfair competition and a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Dec. 2023 That said, there is a very subtle, lightly cloying finish at this level of dilution that is just barely not perfect. Jason O'Bryan, Robb Report, 27 Jan. 2024 Using the chip, however, still requires hooking individual chips up to a PCB and getting it down to near absolute zero degrees in a dilution refrigeration system. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 15 June 2023 Though this deal was created under the auspices of the interactive media bargaining unit, some voice actors are still worried that the acceptance of AI in the creative process will lead to loss of work for all but the most popular performers and the dilution of their art. Ash Parrish, The Verge, 11 Jan. 2024 Keep in Mind Castile soap requires proper dilution and rinsing to avoid residue. Tabitha Britt, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dilution was in 1646

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Cite this Entry

“Dilution.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dilution. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

dilution

noun
di·​lu·​tion dī-ˈlü-shən How to pronounce dilution (audio)
də-
1
: the action of diluting : the state of being diluted
2
: something (as a solution) that is diluted

Medical Definition

dilution

noun
di·​lu·​tion dī-ˈlü-shən, də- How to pronounce dilution (audio)
1
: the action of diluting : the state of being diluted
2
: something (as a solution) that is diluted

Legal Definition

dilution

noun
di·​lu·​tion dī-ˈlü-shən, də- How to pronounce dilution (audio)
1
: a lessening of real value (as of equity) by a decrease in relative worth
specifically : a decrease of the value per share of common stock caused by an increase in the total number of shares
2
: a lessening of the value of a trademark that is caused by use of the mark by another and that creates potential confusion on the part of the consumer
3
: a weakening of the voting rights of a group of citizens (as a minority) because the representatives they elect have no greater legislative power than the representatives elected by smaller voting groups

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