Definition of dissipation
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
Examples of dissipation in a Sentence
Insulation helps prevent the dissipation of heat from houses in the winter.
a movie about the dissipation of a famous heir's fortune
He lived a life of dissipation.
Recent Examples of dissipation from the Web
The BMW's 2008 5-Series sold in Western Europe as well as the 1-Series now come with an Intelligent Alternator Control, or IAC, system that collects and reuses energy typically lost to heat dissipation.
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Origin and Etymology of dissipation
First Known Use: 15th century
DISSIPATION Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of dissipation for Students
1 : the act of causing to break up and disappear the dissipation of the fog
2 : indulgence in too much pleasure
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