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[dih-zolv] /dɪˈzɒlv/
verb (used with object), dissolved, dissolving.
to make a solution of, as by mixing with a liquid; pass into solution:
to dissolve salt in water.
to melt; liquefy:
to dissolve sugar into syrup.
to undo (a tie or bond); break up (a connection, union, etc.).
to break up (an assembly or organization); dismiss; disperse.
Government. to order the termination of (a parliament or other legislative body).
to bring to an end; terminate; destroy:
to dissolve one's hopes.
to separate into parts or elements; disintegrate.
to destroy the binding power or influence of:
to dissolve a spell.
Law. to deprive of force; abrogate; annul:
to dissolve a marriage.
verb (used without object), dissolved, dissolving.
to become dissolved, as in a solvent.
to become melted or liquefied.
to disintegrate, break up, or disperse.
to lose force, intensity, or strength.
to disappear gradually; fade away.
to break down emotionally; lose one's composure:
The poor child dissolved in tears.
Movies, Television. to fade out one shot or scene while simultaneously fading in the next, overlapping the two during the process.
Also called lap dissolve, cross-dissolve. Movies, Television. a transition from one scene to the next made by dissolving.
Origin of dissolve
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin dissolvere, equivalent to dis- dis-1 + solvere to solve
Related forms
dissolvability, dissolvableness, noun
dissolvable, adjective
dissolver, noun
dissolvingly, adverb
nondissolving, adjective
predissolve, verb (used with object), predissolved, predissolving.
redissolve, verb, redissolved, redissolving.
self-dissolved, adjective
undissolvable, adjective
undissolved, adjective
undissolving, adjective
1. See melt1 . 3. sever, loosen. 5. adjourn. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dissolve
  • Instead, they dissolve their material into a liquid, apply it to a surface and bake it.
  • If the food is not in liquid form, crush it or dissolve it in a small amount of water before adding it to the indicator solution.
  • When he tried to dissolve it, it wouldn't mix with any liquid available in the laboratory.
  • In August 2002, it began court proceedings to dissolve the company.
  • They've invented a line of plastics that dissolve in seawater.
  • Atmospheric gases such as nitrogen and oxygen can dissolve in water.
  • But just below this soil, there are layers of iron sulfate minerals, which do dissolve easily.
  • But anticoagulants are powerless to dissolve a clot once formed.
  • The shells become weaker and dissolve.
  • You can't dissolve carbon deposits any more than you can dissolve diamonds.
British Dictionary definitions for dissolve


to go or cause to go into solution: salt dissolves in water, water dissolves sugar
to become or cause to become liquid; melt
to disintegrate or disperse
to come or bring to an end
to dismiss (a meeting, parliament, etc) or (of a meeting, etc) to be dismissed
to collapse or cause to collapse emotionally: to dissolve into tears
to lose or cause to lose distinctness or clarity
(transitive) to terminate legally, as a marriage, etc
(intransitive) (films, television) to fade out one scene and replace with another to make two scenes merge imperceptibly (fast dissolve) or slowly overlap (slow dissolve) over a period of about three or four seconds
(films, television) a scene filmed or televised by dissolving
Derived Forms
dissolvable, adjective
dissolvability, dissolvableness, noun
dissolver, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin dissolvere to make loose, from dis-1 + solvere to release
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Word Origin and History for dissolve

late 14c. (transitive and intransitive) "to break up" (of material substances), from Latin dissolvere "to loosen up, break apart," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + solvere "to loose, loosen" (see solve). Meaning "to disband" (an assembly) is early 15c. Related: Dissolved; dissolving.

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dissolve in Medicine

dissolve dis·solve (dĭ-zŏlv')
v. dis·solved, dis·solv·ing, dis·solves

  1. To pass or cause to pass into a solution, as salt in water.

  2. To become or cause to become liquid; melt.

  3. To cause to disintegrate or become disintegrated.

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dissolve in Science
To pass or cause to pass into solution.
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Slang definitions & phrases for dissolve



The gradual blending of one scene into the next in motion pictures or television; also, a device that causes this effect (1912+)


: Dissolve to a closeup of the house

[The use of the term in Victorian magic lantern shows is attested in 1845]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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