• WordNet 3.6
    • n disintegration total destruction "bomb tests resulted in the annihilation of the atoll"
    • n disintegration the spontaneous disintegration of a radioactive substance along with the emission of ionizing radiation
    • n disintegration separation into component parts
    • n disintegration in a decomposed state
    • n disintegration a loss (or serious disruption) of organization in some system "a disintegration of personality"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Paper money is not made from wood pulp but from cotton. This means that it will not disintegrate as fast if it is put in the laundry
    • n Disintegration (Geol) The process by which anything is disintegrated; the condition of anything which is disintegrated. "Society had need of further disintegration before it could begin to reconstruct itself locally."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n disintegration The act of separating the component particles of a substance, as distinguished from decomposition or the separation of its elements; destruction of the cohesion of constituent parts; specifically, in geol, the wearing down of rocks, resulting chiefly from the slow action of frosts, rains, and other atmospheric influences.
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  • Bertrand Russell
    “To expect a personality to survive the disintegration of the brain is like expecting a cricket club to survive when all of its members are dead.”


In literature:

If not, what further factors entered to lower the threshold of resistance to disintegration in this particular case?
"Broken Homes" by Joanna C. Colcord
There came the first slopes, the talus of strewn, broken, disintegrating rock, and then the first of the cliffs.
"The Bells of San Juan" by Jackson Gregory
I suppose it's because I'll disintegrate and go over the side in shivers if I can't get something off my chest.
"Captivity" by M. Leonora Eyles
The physical body is of course disintegrated by the chemistry of Nature.
"The Law and the Word" by Thomas Troward
That little compact bunch disintegrated like quicksilver.
"The Rustlers of Pecos County" by Zane Grey
Was not the fact of its decay the sign of some secret disintegration, of rottenness at the core?
"One Man in His Time" by Ellen Glasgow
Disintegration had been the curse of Egypt for the space of above a century; Psamatik put an end to it.
"Ancient Egypt" by George Rawlinson
His show in on the verge of disintegrating.
"Ruth Fielding in the Great Northwest" by Alice B. Emerson
His clothes would be the odds and ends of students' offcasts, in the last stages of disintegration.
"Grey Roses" by Henry Harland
The process of disintegration of the orthodox body was continuing.
"Edward Caldwell Moore" by Edward Moore

In poetry:

And now I see how skill and art
May cleave fair nature through,
Disintegrate her breathing heart,
And to the tissues torn impart
A use and beauty new.
"Improvement." by Hattie Howard
Thou hast beheld the triumphs of his skill
Touched by the desolating hand of time,
Crumble, disintegrate and pass away--
Resolved to pristine particles of dust.
"Metabole." by Alfred Castner King
When the current slackened, drooped the mystic stranger,--
Faded, faded, faded, as the stream grew weaker,--
Wasted to a shadow, with a hartshorn odor
Of disintegration.
"De Sauty" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Majestic turrets, and the stately dome
Which, ovaled by the slow but tireless hand
Of eons of disintegrating time,
Still with impressive aspect rears its brow
Defiant of mutation and decay.
"Grandeur." by Alfred Castner King

In news:

The idea seems silly at first — Will they disintegrate while I'm walking around.
Bubbles in all shapes and sizes floated across Four Seasons Park on Tuesday afternoon drawing a chorus of giggles as they disintegrated wetly atop heads and noses.
Budget cuts could lead to the " disintegration of Greek sport" the country's beleaguered Olympic Committee (HOC) said on Thursday.
The National Building Museum's twinned exhibitions capture the disintegration of Detroit through photographs, which some locals call "ruin porn.".
Putting a lens on the disintegration of Detroit.
For blacks, did integration give way to disintegration .
ECB Loans Plant Seeds of European Disintegration .
The Coming Cultural Disintegration .
The Disintegration of Obama's Afghanistan War Strategy.
Monti Warns of European Disintegration .
'All the Time in the World' review: Tales of dysfunction, disintegration tempered with wit.
The Disintegration of the Primitive Rite.
Flying Lightsaber' Faces Disintegration .
Cause of Fiery Disintegration Isn't Immediately Known.
Disintegrator Solves Ragging Problem, Eliminates Downtime.

In science:

So ϕ fixes the type of the extension: disintegrated, or generic in a group coset (minimal pre-algebraic types are locally modular).
Fields and Fusions: Hrushovski constructions and their definable groups
Again, by comparing the two panels one can clearly recognize how the diagonal structures disintegrate into scattered points as the chaos sets in.
Transition from Regular to Chaotic Circulation in Magnetized Coronae near Compact Objects
Instead of a strict extreme property, they proposed a statistical measure, that is, the critical removal fraction of vertices (edges) for the disintegration of a network, to characterise the robustness of complex networks.
Robustness of Random Graphs Based on Natural Connectivity
The disintegration of networks can be observed from the decrease of network performance.
Robustness of Random Graphs Based on Natural Connectivity
The membrane surrounding the nanotube has disintegrated, indicating that it reached temperatures above 2000 K (Ref. 18). A high magnification TEM image (b) shows the inner (a = 2.5 nm) and outer (b = 7.4 nm) radii of the nanotube with its 14 ± 1 walls.
Polarized light emission from individual incandescent carbon nanotubes