Definitions for: Dissipation


[n] useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly; "if the effort brings no compensating gain it is a waste"; "mindless dissipation of natural resources"
[n] dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure
[n] breaking up and scattering by dispersion; "the dissipation of the mist"



Webster (1913) Definition: Dis`si*pa"tion, n. [L. dissipatio: cf. F.
dissipation.]
1. The act of dissipating or dispersing; a state of
dispersion or separation; dispersion; waste.

Without loss or dissipation of the matter. --Bacon.

The famous dissipation of mankind. --Sir M. Hale.

2. 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.

To reclaim the spendthrift from his dissipation and
extravagance. --P. Henry.

3. A trifle which wastes time or distracts attention.

Prevented from finishing them [the letters] a
thousand avocations and dissipations. --Swift.

Dissipation of energy. Same as Degradation of energy,
under Degradation.

Synonyms: dissolution, licentiousness, profligacy, waste, wastefulness

See Also: activity, dispersion, extravagance, high life, highlife, intemperance, intemperateness, lavishness, prodigality, scattering, self-indulgence, squandering, waste of effort, waste of energy, waste of material, waste of money, waste of time

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