Definitions

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

  • noun Decomposition into fragments or parts; disintegration.
  • noun Indulgence in sensual pleasures; debauchery.
  • noun Termination or extinction by disintegration or dispersion.
  • noun Extinction of life; death.
  • noun Annulment or termination of a formal or legal bond or relationship.
  • noun Formal dismissal of an assembly or legislature.
  • noun Reduction to a liquid form; liquefaction.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of dissolving, or changing from a solid to a liquid state; the state of undergoing liquefaction.
  • noun The substance formed by dissolving a body in a menstruum; a solution.
  • noun Separation into parts, especially into elementary or minute parts; disintegration; decomposition or resolution of natural structure, as of animal or vegetable substances. Specifically
  • noun Death; the separation of soul and body.
  • noun Separation of the parts which compose a connected system or body: as, the dissolution of nature; the dissolution of government.
  • noun The process of retrogression or degeneration: opposed to evolution.
  • noun The breaking up of an assembly or association of any kind, or the bringing of its existence to an end: as, a dissolution of Parliament, or of a partnership; the dissolution of the English monasteries under Henry VIII.
  • noun The act of relaxing or weakening; enervation; looseness or laxity, as of manners; dissipation; dissoluteness.
  • noun The determination of the requisites of a mathematical problem.
  • noun Synonyms and Termination, destruction, ruin.
  • noun Recess, prorogation, etc. See adjournment.

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

  • noun The act of dissolving, sundering, or separating into component parts; separation.
  • noun Change from a solid to a fluid state; solution by heat or moisture; liquefaction; melting.
  • noun Change of form by chemical agency; decomposition; resolution.
  • noun The dispersion of an assembly by terminating its sessions; the breaking up of a partnership.
  • noun The extinction of life in the human body; separation of the soul from the body; death.
  • noun The state of being dissolved, or of undergoing liquefaction.
  • noun The new product formed by dissolving a body; a solution.
  • noun Destruction of anything by the separation of its parts; ruin.
  • noun Obs. or R. Corruption of morals; dissipation; dissoluteness.

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

  • noun The termination of an organized body or legislative assembly, especially a formal dismissal.
  • noun Disintegration, or decomposition into fragments.
  • noun Dissolving, or going into solution.

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

  • noun the process of going into solution
  • noun the termination of a meeting
  • noun dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure
  • noun the termination or disintegration of a relationship (between persons or nations)
  • noun separation into component parts

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin dissolutio ("a dissolving, destroying, breaking up, dissolution")

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  • They call the dissolution of century-old towns, which residents have strong emotional ties to, a pipe dream.

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  • The momentary fascination with the reality TV train wreck Jon & Kate Plus 8″ has me wondering if the sad saga of family striving and dissolution is beneficial as a morality tale.

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  • While full dissolution is unlikely at this point I can see the Baltic States not making their final qualifications needed to adopt the Euro and I could see someone like Greece, Spain or Portugal reverting to their old domestic currencies.

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  • Its dissolution is even more important for us than that of Syria.

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  • Sadly its own dissolution is not amongst them, but one may at least applaud Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora as imaginative.

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  • I use the word dissolution because it has several meanings and in this case both apply.

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  • Sadly its own dissolution is not amongst them, but one may at least applaud Council Directive 92/43/EEC of 21 May 1992 on the conservation of natural habitats and of wild fauna and flora as imaginative.

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  • At the same time, if the threat of dilution or dissolution is not seen as an issue by others, they might not consider their cultural forms as exclusive at all.

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  • Because the bone, weakened, approaching the stage of dissolution, is no longer able to cast off the mineral deposits thrust in upon it by the natural functions of the body.

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