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[dis-uh-pey-shuh n] /ˌdɪs əˈpeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of dissipating.
2.
the state of being dissipated; dispersion; disintegration.
3.
a wasting by misuse:
the dissipation of a fortune.
4.
mental distraction; amusement; diversion.
5.
dissolute way of living, especially excessive drinking of liquor; intemperance.
6.
Physics, Mechanics. a process in which energy is used or lost without accomplishing useful work, as friction causing loss of mechanical energy.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; < Latin dissipātiōn- (stem of dissipātiō), equivalent to dissipāt(us) (see dissipate) + -iōn- -ion
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Examples for dissipation
  • The energy dissipation captured from wind is no longer available to be a windy day.
  • These layers of resources to cohere discrete bits requires machines, which require heat dissipation.
  • In addition, the reduced heat dissipation allows it to function in dense design configurations.
  • Win, place or show, horse racing is pervaded with the pungent mystique that sets it apart from lesser forms of dissipation.
  • The exospheric measurements provide some observational backup for an earlier theoretical model of the planet's dissipation.
  • The dissipation units are built into a building's structural skeleton.
  • If your body does not have enough fluids to release during the thermoregulatory response, heat dissipation will be impaired.
  • His measurement, a power dissipation index, is based on storm intensity and duration.
  • By using less power, the sets can also be made thinner, as heat dissipation is less of a problem.
  • The dissipation of the opening-night audience's fears was amazingly fast in arriving.
British Dictionary definitions for dissipation

dissipation

/ˌdɪsɪˈpeɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act of dissipating or condition of being dissipated
2.
unrestrained indulgence in physical pleasures, esp alcohol
3.
excessive expenditure; wastefulness
4.
amusement; diversion
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Word Origin and History for dissipation
dissipation
"intemperate mode of living," 1784; see dissipate.
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dissipation in Science
dissipation
  (dĭs'ə-pā'shən)   
The loss of energy from a physical system, most often in the form of heat.
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