Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The process of making weaker or less concentrated.
  • noun A dilute or weakened condition.
  • noun A diluted substance.
  • noun A decrease in the equity position of a share of stock because of the issuance of additional shares.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of making thin, weak, or more liquid; the thinning or weakening of a fluid by mixture; the state of being diluted: often used figuratively with respect to argument, narration, or the like.
  • noun A diluted substance; the result of diluting.
  • noun In homeopathy, the diffusion of a given quantity of a drug in ten or one hundred times the same quantity of water.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of diluting, or the state of being diluted.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The action of the verb dilute.
  • noun The process of making something dilute.
  • noun A solution that has had additional solvent, such as water, added to it into order to make it less concentrated.

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

  • noun weakening (reducing the concentration) by the addition of water or a thinner
  • noun a diluted solution

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Examples

  • First, that the authority for dilution is statutory only.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • As you'd expect, dilution is a heavy hitter here; while almost every contributor in the theory sections takes trademark confusion as a fairly easy concept to justify (Mark McKenna would have something to say about that as to noncompeting goods), almost every one also feels that it's important to take a position on whether, or how, dilution is to be justified, either with theories of branding or theories of protection from forced expression.

    Recent reading: Trade Marks and Brands: An Interdisciplinary Critique

  • Self-dilution is as real as self-parody; in the postmodern condition, can we even distinguish between dilution and promotion?

    Archive 2009-10-01

  • Focus on Abdel-khalik: Title provoked a number of thoughts — another myth of dilution is that there is such a thing, that it even happens.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • As you'd expect, dilution is a heavy hitter here; while almost every contributor in the theory sections takes trademark confusion as a fairly easy concept to justify (Mark McKenna would have something to say about that as to noncompeting goods), almost every one also feels that it's important to take a position on whether, or how, dilution is to be justified, either with theories of branding or theories of protection from forced expression.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • Since monetary creation/dilution is THE CAUSE of the boom/bust cycle by causing the catastrophic dislocations in the long term capital and investment structure, a Fed board member committed to “full employment” would act forcefully to put the Fed out of business ASAP.

    Matthew Yglesias » Brown Sends Letter on Fed Vacancies

  • For a small company to issue options as an incentive to grow the pie, the "expense" of the potential equity dilution is offset by the bigger pie.

    The "Cost" of Privatization, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Shares in AU Optronics fell Friday on concerns about dilution from the convertible bond issue.

    AU Optronics Warns on Earnings

  • Now, on the subject of Trademark Dilution - dilution is a law used to protect a mark from use in other industries in order to prevent that mark from losing identification with a single source.

    Iron Maiden’s lawsuit is ‘outrageous,’ comic creator says | Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources – Covering Comic Book News and Entertainment

  • Self-dilution is as real as self-parody; in the postmodern condition, can we even distinguish between dilution and promotion?

    I told you so

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