• WordNet 3.6
    • adj disintegrative tending to cause breakup into constituent elements or parts
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • 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
    • disintegrative Tending to disintegrate; disintegrating.
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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:

Very much of the Marquess of Montferrat is by this time lying disintegrate in a vault.
"The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay" by Maurice Hewlett
The process of changing germ-plasm into somatoplasm is one of disintegration.
"The Whence and the Whither of Man" by John Mason Tyler
The tremor of their launching split the cloud into several parts, which disintegrated.
"Living Alone" by Stella Benson
The crisp leaves which had made the forest so noisy disintegrated into sodden silence.
"The Silent Places" by Steward Edward White
They undergo purulent disintegration, as we may call it.
"Valere Aude" by Louis Dechmann
The tedium and distrust proper to a disintegrated society began to drive him to artificial excitements and superstitions.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
All the hills on the north side of the valley disintegrate on their south faces, forming cliffs of partial extent.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
Old parties were disintegrating and sectional lines becoming closely drawn.
"The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 1 of 2)" by Ida Husted Harper
The soil is chiefly volcanic ash, disintegrated basalt and alluvium.
"A Review of the Resources and Industries of the State of Washington, 1909" by Ithamar Howell
Democracy is, in fact, a disintegrating force.
"Outspoken Essays" by William Ralph Inge

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:

Last week I shared a tragic letter of family disintegration.
A disintegrating sculpture reminds Knoxville to think about public art—and its lack.
Sick, frail struggle most in storm's aftermath as support networks disintegrate .
The despicable ad put together by pro-Obama Super PAC Priorities USA has disintegrated into the most noxious cloud of lies, with astonishing speed.
What It's Like to Watch China's Environment Disintegrate Firsthand.
"I won't let F1 disintegrate ".
Kelly Maintains Loyalty as Twins Disintegrate .
The Healing Power Of 'The Disintegration Loops'.
BOSTON ( AP ) — The Boston Red Sox fired man­ager Bobby Valen­tine on Thurs­day after one sea­son in which he failed to bring order to a club­house that dis­in­te­grated dur­ing the 2011 pen­nant race.
Local water has disintegrated into local insanity.
NEW YORK (AP) — Occupy Wall Street began to disintegrate in rapid fashion last winter, when the weekly meetings in New York City devolved into a spectacle of fistfights and vicious arguments.
What It's Like to Watch China's Environment Disintegrate Firsthand .
I got caught in the heavy rain storm of last Saturday and my windshield wipers began to disintegrate, and I found myself driving like a wet mole with very little visibility.
Sick, frail struggle most in storm's aftermath as support networks disintegrate.
FOXBORO — What looked like a continuation of UMass' first winning streak in the Football Bowl Subdivision quickly disintegrated into a 29-19 loss to Buffalo yesterday at Gillette Stadium.

In science:

Let {µn : n ∈ N} be a sequence in PP (E ) converging to µ ∈ PP (E ) with dµ(ω , x) = dµω (x)dP(ω ) the disintegration of µ over FE .
Local Entropy Theory of a Random Dynamical System
Let D = {dF : F ∈ FG } ⊆ L1 E (Ω, C (X )) be a sub-additive G-invariant family, U ∈ CE and µ ∈ PP (E , G) with dµ(ω , x) = dµω (x)dP(ω ) the disintegration of µ over FE . (1) Let ω ∈ Ω.
Local Entropy Theory of a Random Dynamical System
As for (5), suppose that dµ(ω , x) = dµω (x)dP(ω ) is be the disintegration of µ over FE1 .
Local Entropy Theory of a Random Dynamical System
Only such PsB can show their psoriagenity, which are able to form stable colonies in such place of human body from which products of bacterial disintegration constantly get to blood flow. Tonsils and mucous small intestines are unfortunately the most suitable to this place.
Model of pathogenesis of psoriasis. Part 1. Systemic psoriatic process
In heavy-fermion systems this partial localization is associated with the breakdown of the Kondo effect, with the composite quasiparticles formed through the Kondo effect disintegrating into their constituents, f - and conduction electrons.
Shubnikov-de Haas measurements on LuRh2Si2