dissipation

[dis-uh-pey-shuhn]
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:
1535–45; < Latin dissipātiōn- (stem of dissipātiō), equivalent to dissipāt(us) (see dissipate) + -iōn- -ion

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dissipation (ˌdɪsɪˈpeɪʃən)
 
n
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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dissipation
"intemperate mode of living," 1784; see dissipate.
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Science Dictionary
dissipation   (dĭs'ə-pā'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
The loss of energy from a physical system, most often in the form of heat.
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Example sentences
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.
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