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[dis-uh-pey-shuh n] /ˌdɪs əˈpeɪ ʃən/
the act of dissipating.
the state of being dissipated; dispersion; disintegration.
a wasting by misuse:
the dissipation of a fortune.
mental distraction; amusement; diversion.
dissolute way of living, especially excessive drinking of liquor; intemperance.
Physics, Mechanics. a process in which energy is used or lost without accomplishing useful work, as friction causing loss of mechanical energy.
Origin of dissipation
1535-45; < Latin dissipātiōn- (stem of dissipātiō), equivalent to dissipāt(us) (see dissipate) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for dissipation
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  • A little whirlwind of dissipation had blown through the days.

    The Testing of Diana Mallory Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • I have a family to support, & I can't afford this kind of dissipation.

  • Collectively, they are commendable, especially those located in country places, away from scenes of dissipation and profligacy.

    The Funny Side of Physic A. D. Crabtre
  • Link Merwell showed signs of both suffering and dissipation.

    Dave Porter At Bear Camp Edward Stratemeyer
  • The accepted opinion is that Poe's dissipation was his chief fault, as it was that to which was owing his ruin in the end.

    The Home Life of Poe Susan Archer Weiss
  • dissipation has never been a satisfactory substitute for happiness.

  • I returned it at once with the excuse that I feared incapacitating myself for work by dissipation.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • Then a new turn was given to the dissipation in which May was dipping.

    A Houseful of Girls Sarah Tytler
  • The fact is that one winter of dissipation has done the work of ruin.

    The Abominations of Modern Society Rev. T. De Witt Talmage
  • Desperation for her loss had plunged him into the wildest excesses of dissipation.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
British Dictionary definitions for dissipation


the act of dissipating or condition of being dissipated
unrestrained indulgence in physical pleasures, esp alcohol
excessive expenditure; wastefulness
amusement; diversion
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Word Origin and History for dissipation

early 15c., "act of scattering," from Latin dissipationem (nominative dissipatio), noun of action from past participle stem of dissipare (see dissipate). Meaning "intemperate mode of living" is from 1784.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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dissipation in Science
The loss of energy from a physical system, most often in the form of heat.
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