Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of dissipating or the condition of having been dissipated.
  • n. Wasteful expenditure or consumption.
  • n. Dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure; intemperance.
  • n. An amusement; a diversion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of dissipating or dispersing; a state of dispersion or separation; dispersion; waste.
  • n. A dissolute course of life, in which health, money, etc., are squandered in pursuit of pleasure; profuseness in vicious indulgence, as late hours, riotous living, etc.; dissoluteness.
  • n. A trifle which wastes time or distracts attention.
  • n. A loss of energy, usually as heat, from a dynamic system

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of dissipating or dispersing; a state of dispersion or separation; dispersion; waste.
  • n. A dissolute course of life, in which health, money, etc., are squandered in pursuit of pleasure; profuseness in vicious indulgence, as late hours, riotous living, etc.; dissoluteness.
  • n. A trifle which wastes time or distracts attention.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of dissipating, dispelling, or dispersing; the state of being dissipated; a passing or wasting away: as, the dissipation of vapor or heat; the dissipation of energy.
  • n. The act of wasting by misuse; wasteful expenditure or loss: as, the dissipation of one's powers or means in unsuccessful efforts.
  • n. Distraction of the mind and waste of its energy, as by diverse occupations or objects of attention; anything that distracts the mind or divides the attention.
  • n. Undue indulgence in pleasure; specifically, the intemperate pursuit of enjoyment through excessive use of intoxicating drink, and its attendant vices.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly
  • n. dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure
  • n. breaking up and scattering by dispersion

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Examples

  • However, it has also been noted that elevated turbulent dissipation is by itself insufficient proof of substantial biogenic mixing, because much of the turbulent kinetic energy of small animals is injected below the Ozmidov buoyancy length scale, where it is primarily dissipated as heat by the fluid viscosity before it can affect ocean mixing2.

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  • We argue that if innovation is both sequential and complementary--as it certainly has been in those industries--competition can increase firms' future profits thus offsetting short-term dissipation of rents.

    Archive 2007-10-14

  • Short of an extraordinarily rapid and highly undesirable short - term dissipation of unified surpluses or a transferring of assets to individual privatized accounts, it appears difficult to avoid at least some accumulation of private assets by the government.

    CNN Transcript - Special Event: Fed Chairman Greenspan Testifies Before Senate Budget Committee - January 25, 2001

  • While seeking happiness in dissipation, in all the vain things which belong to this life only, do you ever think of a time, which will surely come, when you shall say, "I can enjoy these things no more; I am about to lie down in the grave?"

    Where Are You Going?

  • The round of fashionable dissipation is dangerous.

    The Coquette, or, The History of Eliza Wharton: A Novel Founded on Fact

  • “A single week’s thoughtlessness and dissipation is often sufficient to undo a poor workman forever,” wrote Smith about life in London.

    Born Again

  • The other aspect of our dissipation is the fruit of autonomism.

    Archive 2006-11-01

  • Whatever might be the faults of our hero, he was not given to what is generally called dissipation by the world at large — by which the world means self-indulgence.

    Phineas Finn

  • With no particular purity of nature or principles of conduct to restrain him from vice, his dissipation could yet scarcely be called dissipation, so little did it wake up this lethargic, ailing, restless nature.

    The Countess of Albany

  • Among the companions of his dissipation was a young man whose abundant means filled him with admiration and envy; he lived like a prince and had not a single creditor.

    The Gaming Table : Its Votaries and Victims : Vol. 2

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  • A life monotonous even in its dissipations. -- ''Yashima, or, The Gorgeous West'' by R T Sherwood, 1931.

    December 24, 2008