from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cause to pass into solution: dissolve salt in water.
- transitive v. To reduce (solid matter) to liquid form; melt.
- transitive v. To cause to disappear or vanish; dispel.
- transitive v. To break into component parts; disintegrate.
- transitive v. To bring to an end by or as if by breaking up; terminate.
- transitive v. To dismiss (a legislative body, for example): dissolved parliament and called for new elections.
- transitive v. To cause to break down emotionally or psychologically; upset.
- transitive v. To cause to lose definition; blur; confuse: "Morality has finally been dissolved in pity” ( Leslie Fiedler).
- transitive v. Law To annul; abrogate.
- intransitive v. To pass into solution.
- intransitive v. To become liquid; melt.
- intransitive v. To break up or disperse.
- intransitive v. To become disintegrated; disappear.
- intransitive v. To be overcome emotionally or psychologically: I dissolved into helpless laughter.
- intransitive v. To lose clarity or definition; fade away.
- intransitive v. To shift shots in a motion-picture film or videotape by having one shot fade out while the next appears behind it and grows clearer as the first one dims.
- n. A transition in a motion-picture film or videotape made by fading out one shot while the next one grows clearer. Also called lap dissolve.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To terminate a union of multiple members actively, as by disbanding
- v. To destroy, make disappear
- v. To liquify, melt into a fluid
- v. To be melted, changed into a fluid
- v. (transitive) To disintegrate chemically into a solution by immersion into a liquid or gas.
- v. (intransitive) To be disintegrated by such immersion.
- v. To disperse, drive apart a group of persons.
- v. (intransitive) To shift from one shot to another by having the former fade out as the latter fades in.
- v. To resolve itself as by dissolution
- n. A film punctuation in which there is a gradual transition from one scene to the next.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To separate into competent parts; to disorganize; to break up; hence, to bring to an end by separating the parts, sundering a relation, etc.; to terminate; to destroy; to deprive of force
- transitive v. To break the continuity of; to disconnect; to disunite; to sunder; to loosen; to undo; to separate.
- transitive v. To convert into a liquid by means of heat, moisture, etc.,; to melt; to liquefy; to soften.
- transitive v. To solve; to clear up; to resolve.
- transitive v. To relax by pleasure; to make powerless.
- transitive v. To annul; to rescind; to discharge or release.
- intransitive v. To waste away; to be dissipated; to be decomposed or broken up.
- intransitive v. To become fluid; to be melted; to be liquefied.
- intransitive v. To fade away; to fall to nothing; to lose power.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To liquefy by the disintegrating action of a fluid; separate and diffuse the particles of, as a solid body in a liquid; make a solution of: as, water dissolves salt and sugar; to dissolve resin in alcohol; to dissolve a gas in a liquid. See solution.
- In general, to melt; liquefy by means of heat or moisture; soften by or cover with moisture: chiefly figurative and poetical. See melt.
- To disunite; break up; separate into parts; loosen the connection of; destroy, as any connected system or body, or a union of feeling, interests, etc.; put an end to: as, to dissolve a government; to dissolve Parliament; to dissolve an alliance; to dissolve the bonds of friendship.
- To explain; resolve; solve.
- To destroy the power of; deprive of force; annul; abrogate: as, to dissolve a charm or spell; to dissolve an injunction.
- To consume; cause to vanish or perish; end by dissolution; destroy, as by fire.
- Synonyms Thaw, Fuse., etc. See melt.
- To become fluid; be disintegrated and absorbed by a fluid; be converted from a solid to a fluid state: as, sugar dissolves in water.
- To be disintegrated by or as if by heat or force; melt or crumble; waste away.
- To become relaxed; lose force or strength; melt or sink away from weakness or languor.
- To separate; break up: as, the council dissolved; Parliament dissolved.
- To break up or pass away by degrees; disappear gradually; fade from sight or apprehension: as, dissolving views (see view); his prospects were rapidly dissolving.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. cause to lose control emotionally
- v. stop functioning or cohering as a unit
- v. become or cause to become soft or liquid
- v. become weaker
- v. cause to go into a solution
- v. bring the association of to an end or cause to break up
- n. (film) a gradual transition from one scene to the next; the next scene is gradually superimposed as the former scene fades out
- v. lose control emotionally
- v. pass into a solution
- v. come to an end
- v. declare void
- v. cause to fade away
Middle English dissolven, from Latin dissolvere : dis-, dis- + solvere, to release; see leu- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Recorded since c.1374, from Latin dissolvere "to loosen up, break apart", itself from dis- "apart" + solvere "to loose, loosen" (Wiktionary)