Definitions for: Dissolve


[n] (film) a gradual transition from one scene to the next; the next scene is gradually superimposed as the former scene fades out
[v] terminate (legally); "Their marriage dissolved"
[v] pass into a solution; "The sugar quickly dissolved in the coffee"
[v] cause to go into a solution; "The recipe says that we should dissolve a cup of sugar in two cups of water"
[v] become weaker, as of sound or vision; "The sound faded out"
[v] lose control emotionally; "She dissolved into tears when she heard that she had lost all her savings in the pyramid scheme"
[v] stop functioning, as of organizations or groups; "The political wing of the party dissolved after much internal fighting"



Webster (1913) Definition: Dis*solve", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dissolved; p. pr. &
vb. n. Dissolving.] [L. dissolvere, dissolutum; dis- +
solvere to loose, free. See Solve, and cf. Dissolute.]
1. 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; as, to dissolve a partnership; to
dissolve Parliament.

Lest his ungoverned rage dissolve the life. --Shak.

2. To break the continuity of; to disconnect; to disunite; to
sunder; to loosen; to undo; to separate.

Nothing can dissolve us. --Shak.

Down fell the duke, his joints dissolved asunder.
--Fairfax.

For one people to dissolve the political bands which
have connected them with another. --The
Declaration of
Independence.

3. To convert into a liquid by means of heat, moisture,
etc.,; to melt; to liquefy; to soften.

As if the world were all dissolved to tears. --Shak.

4. To solve; to clear up; to resolve. ``Dissolved the
mystery.'' --Tennyson.

Make interpretations and dissolve doubts. --Dan. v.
16.

5. To relax by pleasure; to make powerless.

Angels dissolved in hallelujahs lie. --Dryden.

6. (Law) To annul; to rescind; to discharge or release; as,
to dissolve an injunction.

Syn: See Adjourn.


Dis*solve", v. i.
1. To waste away; to be dissipated; to be decomposed or
broken up.

2. To become fluid; to be melted; to be liquefied.

A figure Trenched in ice, which with an hour's heat
Dissolves to water, and doth lose his form. --Shak.

3. To fade away; to fall to nothing; to lose power.

The charm dissolves apace. --Shak.

Synonyms: break up, disband, fade away, fade out, resolve

See Also: break down, break up, change integrity, change state, cut, disintegrate, dissolve, end, lose it, melt, melt down, run, terminate, transition, turn

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