dissipation

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noun dis·si·pa·tion \ˌdi-sə-ˈpā-shən\

Definition of dissipation

  1. 1 :  the action or process of dissipating :  the state of being dissipated:a :  dispersion, diffusion the dissipation of the smoke the dissipation of enemy forcesb archaic :  dissolution, disintegrationc :  wasteful expenditure the dissipation of the family's fortuned :  intemperate living; especially :  excessive drinking

  2. 2 :  an act of self-indulgence lived a life of dissipation; especially :  one that is not harmful :  amusement

Examples of dissipation in a Sentence

  1. Insulation helps prevent the dissipation of heat from houses in the winter.

  2. a movie about the dissipation of a famous heir's fortune

  3. He lived a life of dissipation.

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Origin and Etymology of dissipation

see dissipate


First Known Use: 15th century


DISSIPATION Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of dissipation for English Language Learners

  • : the process of slowly disappearing or becoming less

  • : the act of using all or a lot of money, time, etc., in a foolish way

  • : behavior that shows you are interested only in pleasure, money, etc.


DISSIPATION Defined for Kids

dissipation

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noun dis·si·pa·tion \ˌdi-sə-ˈpā-shən\

Definition of dissipation for Students

  1. 1 :  the act of causing to break up and disappear the dissipation of the fog

  2. 2 :  indulgence in too much pleasure



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