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Pronunciation:  `disu'peyshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly; "if the effort brings no compensating gain it is a waste"; "mindless dissipation of natural resources"
  2. [n]  dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure
  3. [n]  breaking up and scattering by dispersion; "the dissipation of the mist"

DISSIPATION is a 11 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: dissolution, licentiousness, profligacy, waste, wastefulness
 See Also: activity, dispersion, extravagance, high life, highlife, intemperance, intemperateness, lavishness, prodigality, scattering, self-indulgence, squandering, waste of effort, waste of energy, waste of material, waste of money, waste of time



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Dis`si*pa"tion\, n. [L. dissipatio: cf. F.
1. The act of dissipating or dispersing; a state of
   dispersion or separation; dispersion; waste.

         Without loss or dissipation of the matter. --Bacon.

         The famous dissipation of mankind.    --Sir M. Hale.

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.;

         To reclaim the spendthrift from his dissipation and
         extravagance.                         --P. Henry.

3. A trifle which wastes time or distracts attention.

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

{Dissipation of energy}. Same as {Degradation of energy},
   under {Degradation}.

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