disintegration

[dis-in-tuh-grey-shuhn]
noun
1.
the act or process of disintegrating.
2.
Physics. decay ( def 8 ).

Origin:
1790–1800; disintegrate + -ion

nondisintegration, noun
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disintegrate (dɪsˈɪntɪˌɡreɪt)
 
vb
1.  to break or be broken into fragments or constituent parts; shatter
2.  to lose or cause to lose cohesion or unity
3.  (intr) to lose judgment or control; deteriorate
4.  physics
 a.  to induce or undergo nuclear fission, as by bombardment with fast particles
 b.  another word for decay
 
dis'integrable
 
adj
 
disinte'gration
 
n
 
dis'integrative
 
adj
 
dis'integrator
 
n

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Main Entry:  disintegration
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  See mechanical weathering
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disintegration dis·in·te·gra·tion (dĭs-ĭn'tĭ-grā'shən)
n.

  1. The breaking up of the component parts of a substance, as in catabolism or decay.

  2. The disorganization or disruption of mental processes in mental illness.

  3. The natural or induced transformation of an atomic nucleus from a more massive to a less massive configuration by the emission of particles or radiation.


dis·in'te·grate' v.
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Example sentences
The disintegration of a marriage, from the husband's point of view.
But some scholars believe that a disintegration of anthropology may be
  accelerating today.
The cracks then flood, and this speeds up the disintegration of the shelf by
  weakening its interior.
Scientists are finally beginning to agree on what controls the size of the
  sheet and its rate of disintegration.
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