Dissipation of energy


Dissipation of energy
Dissipation Dis`si*pa"tion (d[i^]s`s[i^]*p[=a]"sh[u^]n), n. [L. dissipatio: cf. F. dissipation.] 1. The act of dissipating or dispersing; a state of dispersion or separation; dispersion; waste. [1913 Webster]

Without loss or dissipation of the matter. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

The famous dissipation of mankind. --Sir M. Hale. [1913 Webster]

2. A dissolute course of life, in which health, money, etc., are squandered in pursuit of pleasure; profuseness in vicious indulgence, as late hours, riotous living, etc.; dissoluteness. [1913 Webster]

To reclaim the spendthrift from his dissipation and extravagance. --P. Henry. [1913 Webster]

3. A trifle which wastes time or distracts attention. [1913 Webster]

Prevented from finishing them [the letters] a thousand avocations and dissipations. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

{Dissipation of energy}. Same as {Degradation of energy}, under {Degradation}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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