verb (used with object)
to scatter in various directions; disperse; dispel.
to spend or use wastefully or extravagantly; squander; deplete:
to dissipate one's talents; to dissipate a fortune on high living.
verb (used without object)
to become scattered or dispersed; be dispelled; disintegrate:
The sun shone and the mist dissipated.
to indulge in extravagant, intemperate, or dissolute pleasure.
(past participle of
to scatter); see
/ˌdɪs ə pəˈtɪv ɪ ti/
to exhaust or be exhausted by dispersion
) to scatter or break up
) to indulge in the pursuit of pleasure
[C15: from Latin
to disperse, from
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Sometimes they unravel as they spin, eventually weakening and then dissipating.
The tail then snapped back to normal, dissipating the energy over the next minute and a half.
Such a system could have helped the animal regulate its body temperature by dissipating heat.
In fact, the vestigial atmosphere is still slowly dissipating into space.
In reality, greenhouses merely suppress convective heat loss, preventing the heated air from dissipating.
The simulated cycle had the clouds dissipating and re-forming over the course of a couple hours.
Density and temperature are primary controls on how far seismic waves can propagate through rock before dissipating.
The ammonia will flow throughout the station's chambers, dissipating heat via three external radiators.
Sweating delays the onset of this critical heat buildup by dissipating the excess heat through evaporation.
He also succeeded in dissipating a substantial amount of the family wealth.
The fragile heat-dissipating tiles were designed before breakthroughs in materials science.
Tornadoes frequently, but not always, shrink in size during the dissipating stage.
Some cells are in the developing stage, some are in the mature stage, and some are dissipating.