American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act or process of disintegrating.
- n. The state of being disintegrated.
- n. Physics & Chemistry The natural or induced transformation of an atomic nucleus from a more massive to a less massive configuration by the emission of particles or radiation.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of separating the component particles of a substance, as distinguished from decomposition or the separation of its elements; destruction of the cohesion of constituent parts; specifically, in geol, the wearing down of rocks, resulting chiefly from the slow action of frosts, rains, and other atmospheric influences.
- n. A process by which anything disintegrates.
- n. The condition of anything which has disintegrated.
- n. geology A wearing away or falling to pieces of rocks or strata, produced by atmospheric action, frost, ice, etc.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The process by which anything is disintegrated; the condition of anything which is disintegrated.
- n. (Geol.) The wearing away or falling to pieces of rocks or strata, produced by atmospheric action, frost, ice, etc.
- n. the spontaneous disintegration of a radioactive substance along with the emission of ionizing radiation
- n. total destruction
- n. a loss (or serious disruption) of organization in some system
- n. separation into component parts
- n. in a decomposed state
- disintegrate + -ion (Wiktionary)
“In his estimation, the federal government should be focused on what happens after the pull-out in 2011 and paying more attention to what he calls the disintegration of Pakistan.”
“EDN technical editor Paul Rako is working on a January cover story on what he calls disintegration-not stuff falling apart, but rather the idea that it's not always a good idea to cram more and more into a single IC. As Paul puts it, "There has been a historical tradition in electronics to integrate as many functions as possible into one chip," but his article looks at cases where "dis-integrating chips" is preferable.”
“Apple will continue to own Nokia & Samsung and maybe even RIM until the old guard belatedly tries to correct course. watching Nokia and Samsung feels to me like watching GM and Ford, only this disintegration is happening at higher speed.”
“ALS, known to many as Lou Gehrig's disease, is characterized by the disintegration of nerve cells, which are no longer able to send messages to muscles.”
“In this charming and wistful novel about a family in disintegration, a young girl discovers to her distress that she can taste the emotions of those who prepare what she eats.”
“I find its slow disintegration from the back rather worrying too.”
“Stefan Zweig then adds in all the imagined and fictional detail and you have a perfect delineation of a woman so full of her own importance that the disintegration is like sitting watching a road accident about to happen.”
“When Foucault writes that "The body is the inscribed surface of events (traced by language and dissolved by ideas), the locus of a dissociated self (adopting the illusion of substantial unity), and a volume in disintegration," he challenges the corporeal "real" as always already inscribed with the discursive strictures within which that real appears.”
“Demobilized, he came home to an Italy in disintegration; when his first poems appeared, Mussolini was already in power.”
“And yet the intimate mechanism of this stepwise disintegration is only very incompletely known.”
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