dissipation

noun dis·si·pa·tion \ ˌdi-sə-ˈpā-shən \

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 forces
c :wasteful expenditure
  • the dissipation of the family's fortune
d :intemperate living; especially :excessive drinking
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


DISSIPATION Defined for English Language Learners

dissipation

noun

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

noun dis·si·pa·tion \ ˌdi-sə-ˈpā-shən \

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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