dis·​si·​pa·​tion | \ ˌdi-sə-ˈpā-shən How to pronounce dissipation (audio) \

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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Along with the preventative steps of a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction, the OAG has asked the court to appoint a receiver to prevent any further dissipation of client funds. Jason Brett, Forbes, 12 May 2021 Another reason for the dissipation of value is premature demolition, where divestment decisions are taken based on opportunity cost and the economic life of an asset. Arshdeep Sethi, Forbes, 10 Mar. 2021 The proprietary aluminum shell design ensures steady heat dissipation so the GigaDrive never gets too hot, a situation that can considerably slow down data transfers. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2021 The precepts of originalism and textualism reinforce the Straussian focus on foundation texts, the timeless universality of frozen language, and moral dissipation. Peter Hammond Schwartz, The New Republic, 3 Feb. 2021 And the material properties of the bristles and the design of the brushes ensure optimum dissipation of any electrostatic charge, while also preventing new static formation during cleaning. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 2 Apr. 2021 The extra thickness should also help with heat dissipation, allowing Qualcomm to bump up gaming performance without worrying about overheating. Chris Smith, BGR, 24 Mar. 2021 Most notably, though, the camera that stands in for the audience allows Bueno, whose work is a tour-de-force, to focus her waves of emotional energy on a specific spot, rather than the usual dissipation in a large auditorium. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, 28 Feb. 2021 The quad exhaust tailpipes have been treated with Cerakote to help with heat dissipation; the rear lights also incorporate small vents. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 15 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of dissipation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dissipation

see dissipate

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The first known use of dissipation was in the 15th century

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11 Jun 2021

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“Dissipation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissipation. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dissipation

: the process of slowly disappearing or becoming less
: the act of using all or a lot of money, time, etc., in a foolish way
disapproving : behavior that shows you are interested only in pleasure, money, etc.


dis·​si·​pa·​tion | \ ˌdi-sə-ˈpā-shən How to pronounce dissipation (audio) \

Kids Definition of dissipation

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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