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Meaning of DISSIPATIVE

 
Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Dis"si*pa*tive\, a.
Tending to dissipate.

{Dissipative system} (Mech.), an assumed system of matter and
   motions in which forces of friction and resistances of
   other kinds are introduced without regard to the heat or
   other molecular actions which they generate; -- opposed to
   {conservative system}.

 

 

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