from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Intemperate in the pursuit of pleasure; dissolute.
- adj. Wasted or squandered.
- adj. Irreversibly lost. Used of energy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of dissipate.
- adj. to have squandered and scattered valuable possessions while devoted to pursuit of self-indulgent pleasures
- adj. Wasteful of health or possessions in the pursuit of pleasure
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Squandered; scattered.
- adj. Wasteful of health, money, etc., in the pursuit of pleasure; dissolute; intemperate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Indulging in or characterized by extravagant, excessive, or dissolute pleasures; intemperate, especially in the use of intoxicating drinks: as, a dissipated man; a dissipated life.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. preoccupied with the pursuit of pleasure and especially games of chance
- adj. unrestrained by convention or morality
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That the moral capital of all three parties has been dissipated is not lost on the public, whose contempt for the political process has grown.
Another story was that a certain dissipated youth of the community, going home one Saturday night, or rather Sunday morning, from some unhallowed orgy, was pursued by a lamb of fire, with its head cut off and hanging by a strip of skin or flame.
At the approach of the squat man he sprang to his feet, but a phrase dissipated his apprehension and he nodded toward a door.
The treaty terms dissipated public elation in the days following the Armistice, when hopes that Allied victory in “the war to end all wars” would result in eternal peace.
Most traders didn't believe it, and the notion dissipated when the market plunged again.
The lone, thin word dissipated with the smoke, and naught remained of Emilio the Corinthian.
When successfully roasted, the raw vegetable taste is entirely dissipated, which is not the ease if insufficiently done.
The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom Considered in Their Various Uses to Man and in Their Relation to the Arts and Manufactures; Forming a Practical Treatise & Handbook of Reference for the Colonist, Manufacturer, Merchant, and Consumer, on the Cultivation, Preparation for Shipment, and Commercial Value, &c. of the Various Substances Obtained From Trees and Plants, Entering into the Husbandry of Tropical and Sub-tropical Regions, &c.
Except for short periods, he was never what is known as dissipated, and he struggled desperately against his weakness, -- an unequal struggle, since the craving was inherited, and fostered by environment, circumstances, and temperament.
The voice of Edward calling him by name dissipated all alarm, and in another minute he was in the arms of his brother and sisters.
But the article and the summary both use the phrase "non-equilibrium" which suggests the existence of heat energy in excess of what is naturally dissipated, which is, gosh, the source of almost all the power that we use, in one form or another.