disintegrate

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verb dis·in·te·grate \(ˌ)dis-ˈin-tə-ˌgrāt\

Definition of disintegrate

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to break or decompose into constituent elements, parts, or small particles water disintegrates the limestone

  3. 2 :  to destroy the unity or integrity (see integrity 3) of The lies disintegrated their marriage.

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to break or separate into constituent elements or parts The iron hinges were disintegrateing into dust.

  6. 2 :  to lose unity or integrity by or as if by breaking into parts The relationship started to disintegrate.

  7. 3 :  to undergo a change in composition (see composition 2) an atomic nucleus that disintegrates because of radioactivity

disintegration

play \(ˌ)dis-ˌin-tə-ˈgrā-shən\ noun

disintegrative

play \(ˌ)dis-ˈin-tə-ˌgrā-tiv\ adjective

disintegrator

play \-ˌgrā-tər\ noun

Examples of disintegrate in a Sentence

  1. The paper will disintegrate if it gets wet.

  2. The laser can disintegrate most kinds of rock.

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First Known Use of disintegrate

1796


DISINTEGRATE Defined for English Language Learners

disintegrate

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Definition of disintegrate for English Language Learners

  • : to break apart into many small parts or pieces


DISINTEGRATE Defined for Kids

disintegrate

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verb dis·in·te·grate \dis-ˈin-tə-ˌgrāt\

Definition of disintegrate for Students

disintegrated

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disintegrating

  1. :  to separate or break up into small parts or pieces


Medical Dictionary

disintegrate

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verb dis·in·te·grate \(ˈ)dis-ˈint-ə-ˌgrāt\

Medical Definition of disintegrate

disintegrated

;

disintegrating

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to break or decompose into constituent elements, parts, or small particles

  3. 1

  4. intransitive verb

  5. :  to break or separate into constituent elements or parts

  6. 2:  to undergo a change in composition an atomic nucleus that disintegrates because of radioactivity

disintegration

\(ˌ)dis-ˌint-ə-ˈgrā-shən\play noun


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