Check out new words added to


[dis-uh-loo-shuh n] /ˌdɪs əˈlu ʃən/
the act or process of resolving or dissolving into parts or elements.
the resulting state.
the undoing or breaking of a bond, tie, union, partnership, etc.
the breaking up of an assembly or organization; dismissal; dispersal.
Government. an order issued by the head of a state terminating a parliament and necessitating a new election.
death; decease.
a bringing or coming to an end; disintegration; decay; termination.
legal termination, especially of business activity, with the final distribution of assets, the fixing of liabilities, etc.
Chemistry. the process by which a solid, gas, or liquid is dispersed homogeneously in a gas, solid, or, especially, a liquid.
Origin of dissolution
1350-1400; Middle English dissolucioun (< Anglo-French) < Latin dissolūtiōn- (stem of dissolūtiō). See dis-1, solution
Related forms
dissolutive, adverb
nondissolution, noun
predissolution, noun
prodissolution, adjective
redissolution, noun
self-dissolution, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for dissolution
  • Above all, they say that the dissolution would represent an intellectual loss for the university.
  • Together they work as a powerful detergent and another dissolution retardant.
  • The shrine of this saint was plundered at the dissolution of monasteries.
  • They opted instead for legal dissolution.
  • The other happy trend is the slow dissolution of the class system.
  • He, undergoing the dissolution of a marriage, is seeking a pure source of inspiration free from the taint of city life.
  • The party's dissolution was in effect an act of defiance in advance of a parliamentary election it has denounced as undemocratic.
  • The resignation was expected to mean the dissolution of his Cabinet.
  • This leads in turn to a fracturing and dissolution of social cohesion.
  • From its inception in 1935 until its dissolution in 1942, the art project was responsible for some 200 murals in the city.
British Dictionary definitions for dissolution


the resolution or separation into component parts; disintegration
destruction by breaking up and dispersing
the termination of a meeting or assembly, such as Parliament
the termination of a formal or legal relationship, such as a business enterprise, marriage, etc
the state of being dissolute; dissipation
the act or process of dissolving
Derived Forms
dissolutive, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for dissolution

late 14c., "separation into parts," also "frivolity, moral laxness, dissolute living," from Old French dissolution (12c.) and directly from Latin dissolutionem (nominative dissolutio) "a dissolving, destroying, interruption, dissolution," noun of action from past participle stem of dissolvere (see dissolve).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
dissolution in Science
The dissolving of a material in a liquid.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for dissolution

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for dissolution

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with dissolution