dis·​si·​pa·​tive ˈdi-sə-ˌpā-tiv How to pronounce dissipative (audio)
: relating to dissipation especially of heat

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Quantum properties of the device are analyzed, yielding its Hamiltonian and dissipative properties. Paul Smith-goodson, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2021 The trouble with dissipative adaptation is that examples like this take us rather far from the living things whose origin the concept is meant to explain. Andrew Crumey, WSJ, 2 Oct. 2020 Static dissipative properties, to reduce the accumulation of excess static electricity. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, 19 Aug. 2020 By helping to block noise and vibration paths, fewer sound-absorbing and other dissipative materials are required, contributing to the Equinox's overall weight loss. Terry Troy, cleveland.com, 31 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1665, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dissipative was in 1665

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“Dissipative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dissipative. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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