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Meaning of DISSOLVE

Pronunciation:  di'zâlv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (film) a gradual transition from one scene to the next; the next scene is gradually superimposed as the former scene fades out
  2. [v]  terminate (legally); "Their marriage dissolved"
  3. [v]  pass into a solution; "The sugar quickly dissolved in the coffee"
  4. [v]  cause to go into a solution; "The recipe says that we should dissolve a cup of sugar in two cups of water"
  5. [v]  become weaker, as of sound or vision; "The sound faded out"
  6. [v]  lose control emotionally; "She dissolved into tears when she heard that she had lost all her savings in the pyramid scheme"
  7. [v]  stop functioning, as of organizations or groups; "The political wing of the party dissolved after much internal fighting"

DISSOLVE is a 8 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: break up, disband, fade away, fade out, resolve
 See Also: break down, break up, change integrity, change state, cut, disintegrate, dissolve, end, lose it, melt, melt down, run, terminate, transition, turn



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dis*solve"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dissolved}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Dissolving}.] [L. dissolvere, dissolutum; dis- +
    solvere to loose, free. See {Solve}, and cf. {Dissolute}.]
    1. To separate into competent parts; to disorganize; to break
       up; hence, to bring to an end by separating the parts,
       sundering a relation, etc.; to terminate; to destroy; to
       deprive of force; as, to dissolve a partnership; to
       dissolve Parliament.
             Lest his ungoverned rage dissolve the life. --Shak.
    2. To break the continuity of; to disconnect; to disunite; to
       sunder; to loosen; to undo; to separate.
             Nothing can dissolve us.              --Shak.
             Down fell the duke, his joints dissolved asunder.
             For one people to dissolve the political bands which
             have connected them with another.     --The
                                                   Declaration of
    3. To convert into a liquid by means of heat, moisture,
       etc.,; to melt; to liquefy; to soften.
             As if the world were all dissolved to tears. --Shak.
    4. To solve; to clear up; to resolve. ``Dissolved the
       mystery.'' --Tennyson.
             Make interpretations and dissolve doubts. --Dan. v.
    5. To relax by pleasure; to make powerless.
             Angels dissolved in hallelujahs lie.  --Dryden.
    6. (Law) To annul; to rescind; to discharge or release; as,
       to dissolve an injunction.
    Syn: See {Adjourn}.
  2. \Dis*solve"\, v. i.
    1. To waste away; to be dissipated; to be decomposed or
       broken up.
    2. To become fluid; to be melted; to be liquefied.
             A figure Trenched in ice, which with an hour's heat
             Dissolves to water, and doth lose his form. --Shak.
    3. To fade away; to fall to nothing; to lose power.
             The charm dissolves apace.            --Shak.
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