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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.
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 dissolved
  • Coffee oils are easily dissolved in a weak chlorine bleach solution, but wash with soap and water then rinse well.
  • The idea that a couple should participate in an ownership society by buying a home has dissolved.
  • Sinkholes can occur when underground rocks that can be dissolved by water-such as salt, gypsum, and limestone-are inundated.
  • Higher concentrations of oxygen in air would have meant higher concentrations dissolved in water.
  • They can eat here, and drink, while they wait many hours for dissolved gases to be safely released from their bodies.
  • In some places the rusty ships remain, grim reminders of how quickly the industry dissolved.
  • If a plant is close to the ocean, the brine can be safely released back into the sea if it's dissolved beforehand.
  • The ocean depths became so corrosive that in many places shells stopped piling up on the seafloor and simply dissolved.
  • While posturing giants dissolved in drifts of smoke.
  • Subsequently the hemoglobin is dissolved out, and the envelope can barely be distinguished as a faint circular outline.
British Dictionary definitions for dissolved


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 dissolved



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



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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