Definition of disintegrate
2 : to destroy the unity or integrity (see integrity 3) of The lies disintegrated their marriage.
1 : to break or separate into constituent elements or parts The iron hinges were disintegrateing into dust.
2 : to lose unity or integrity by or as if by breaking into parts The relationship started to disintegrate.
3 : to undergo a change in composition (see composition 2) an atomic nucleus that disintegrates because of radioactivity
disintegrationplay \(ˌ)dis-ˌin-tə-ˈgrā-shən\ noun
disintegrativeplay \(ˌ)dis-ˈin-tə-ˌgrā-tiv\ adjective
disintegratorplay \-ˌgrā-tər\ noun
Examples of disintegrate in a Sentence
The paper will disintegrate if it gets wet.
The laser can disintegrate most kinds of rock.
Recent Examples of disintegrate from the Web
There are fears, however, that the shelf could in future share the fate of its neighbour, Larsen B, which disintegrated entirely within a few weeks in 2002.
If the ice shelf were to continue to disintegrate, this ice might flow more rapidly into the sea.
Even while still contributing in the field, Alex Gordon and Alcides Escobar seemed to have disintegrated at the plate.
The stream quickly turned into a raging torrent, causing the crowds on the cofferdam to flee the water, dirt and huge timbers that had comprised the rapidly disintegrating cofferdam.
Flimsy paper plates collapse under single-patty burgers; napkins disintegrate at the tiniest hint of beer or barbecue sauce; forks snap in the hands of anyone who can bench more than 20 pounds.
That would fulfill the very worst fears that Temkin outlines in his piece about how these discussions can quickly disintegrate into false myths and misleading analogies.
The prevailing notion says flexible straws were invented in the late 19th century by Marvin Stone, a D.C. man who didn’t like how the traditional ryegrass straw people used for drinking would disintegrate and leave gritty residue in his mint juleps.
As her mother falls to breast cancer, Thandi disintegrates, and what follows is a loosely autobiographical exorcism of grief.
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First Known Use of disintegrate
DISINTEGRATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of disintegrate for English Language Learners
: to break apart into many small parts or pieces
DISINTEGRATE Defined for Kids
Definition of disintegrate for Students
: to separate or break up into small parts or pieces
Medical Definition of disintegrate
transitive verb: to break or decompose into constituent elements, parts, or small particles
intransitive verb: to break or separate into constituent elements or parts
2: to undergo a change in composition an atomic nucleus that disintegrates because of radioactivity
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