• WordNet 3.6
    • v dissipate spend frivolously and unwisely "Fritter away one's inheritance"
    • v dissipate move away from each other; "The crowds dispersed","The children scattered in all directions when the teacher approached"
    • v dissipate to cause to separate and go in different directions "She waved her hand and scattered the crowds"
    • v dissipate live a life of pleasure, especially with respect to alcoholic consumption
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Special studies conducted about the human body revealed it will usually absorb up to about 300 milligrams of caffeine at a given time. About 4 normal cups. Additional amounts are just cast off, providing no further stimulation. Also, the human body dissipates 20% of the caffeine in the system each hour.
    • Dissipate To be extravagant, wasteful, or dissolute in the pursuit of pleasure; to engage in dissipation.
    • dissipate To destroy by wasteful extravagance or lavish use; to squander. "The vast wealth . . . was in three years dissipated ."
    • dissipate To scatter completely; to disperse and cause to disappear; -- used esp. of the dispersion of things that can never again be collected or restored. "Dissipated those foggy mists of error.""I soon dissipated his fears.""The extreme tendency of civilization is to dissipate all intellectual energy."
    • Dissipate To separate into parts and disappear; to waste away; to scatter; to disperse; to vanish; as, a fog or cloud gradually dissipates before the rays or heat of the sun; the heat of a body dissipates.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • dissipate To cause to pass or melt away; scatter or drive off in all directions; dispel: as, wind dissipates fog; the heat of the sun dissipates vapor; mirth dissipates care.
    • dissipate To expend wastefully; scatter extravagantly or improvidently; waste, as property by foolish outlay, or the powers of the mind by devotion to trivial pursuits.
    • dissipate Synonyms Dissipate, Dispel, Disperse, Scatter. These words are often interchangeable. Dissipate and dispel, however, properly apply to the dispersion of things that vanish and are not afterward collected; dissipate is the more energetic, and dispel is more often used figuratively: as, to dissipate vapor; to dissipate a fortune; to dispel doubt; to dispel uncertainty. Disperse and scatter are applied to things which may be again brought together: as, to scatter or disperse troops; or to things which are quite as real and tangible after scattering or dispersing as before: as, to gather up one's scattered wits.
    • dissipate To become scattered, dispersed, or diffused; come to an end or vanish through dispersion or diffusion.
    • dissipate To engage in extravagant, excessive, or dissolute pleasures; be loose in conduct.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Dissipate dis′i-pāt to scatter: to squander: to waste
    • v.i Dissipate to separate and disappear: to waste away:
    • v.i Dissipate (coll.) to be dissolute in conduct
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  • Eric Hoffer
    “Dissipation is a form of self-sacrifice.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Time dissipates to shining ether the solid angularity of facts.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Don't dissipate your powers; strive to concentrate them. Genius thinks it can do whatever it sees others doing, but it will surely repent of every ill-judged outlay.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “While grief is fresh, every attempt to divert only irritates. You must wait till grief be digested, and then amusement will dissipate the remains of it.”
  • Rebecca West
    “But there are other things than dissipation that thicken the features. Tears, for example.”
  • Jean De La Bruyere
    “Avoid lawsuits beyond all things; they pervert your conscience, impair your health, and dissipate your property.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. dissipatus, p. p. of dissipare,; dis-, + an obsolete verb sipare, supare,. to throw


In literature:

We have been sadly dissipated fellows, going around on what you call 'larks,' and you ought to scold us both.
"Floyd Grandon's Honor" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Meanwhile, the generals of the emperor were on the alert, and the rising hopes of Frederic were dissipated by the victories of Tilly.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
Patchwork seemed to be Miss Ponsonby's sole and only dissipation of any kind.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
A little mental fresh air will dissipate a good many brain fogs.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol. 3 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
Close upon the hour of morning, the storm begins to abate, and the clouds to dissipate.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
She felt her terrors dissipated, for the being whom she loved was the guardian of her safety.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
They yield to the temptations which assail them, and become, more or less, dissipated and licentious.
"A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians, in the Middle and Higher Classes in this Country, Contrasted with Real Christianity." by William Wilberforce
They were somewhat dissipated young sportsmen and not remarkable for intelligence.
"Brandon of the Engineers" by Harold Bindloss
As the town filled she began to try if dissipation could dispel her melancholy.
"A Description of Millenium Hall" by Sarah Scott
And then began the dissipations of the evening.
"Her Mother's Secret" by Emma D. E. N. Southworth

In poetry:

But Chirpings bright in dewy woods
Foretell divine tomorrows,
And little birds are very good
To dissipate great sorrows.
"The Congregation" by Gamaliel Bradford
Be with us through the gloomy night,
Till morn unbars her gates,
And from the East, the dawning light
The darkness dissipates.
"Temperance Evening Hymn" by John Pierpont
O heart, that finds such ample room
Within thy confines broad and true,
For song and sunshine and perfume
And all benign impulses--go,
I pray thee, dissipate my gloom--
And take in thy petitioner too!
"Supplicating" by Hattie Howard
A child saw in the morning skies
The dissipated-looking moon,
And opened wide her big blue eyes,
And cried: "Look, look, my lost balloon!"
And clapped her rosy hands with glee:
"Quick, mother! Bring it back to me."
"Moon Song" by Robert W Service
Around him, o'er him, he creates
A thousand fancies to delude,
Which time, truth-trier, dissipates;
Bright though they be, and fair and good,
They are but dreams at last—that leave
Our disappointed hopes to grieve.
"Winter: Friday Evening" by John Bowring
The morrow GILBERT boldly on the scaffold took his stand,
With a vizor on his face and with a hatchet in his hand,
And all the people noticed that the Engine of the Law
Was far less like a hatchet than a dissipated saw.
"Annie Protheroe. A Legend of Stratford-le-Bow" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Rotten-egg smell that had pervaded the region Monday appears to have largely dissipated.
(Swapping your sandals every other day will also give odors time to dissipate.).
Those of you concerned about Tropical Storm Richard need only sit back and watch the power of wind shear over the next couple of days as the storm dissipates.
According to ESA, studies by the Russian space agency and NASA indicate that Phobos-Grunt's fuel tanks should burst high above the Earth, releasing a load of propellant that will subsequently dissipate.
When temperatures rocket over 100 degrees and don't drop below 80, even at night, most of us don't have the wherewithal to care about any news other than when the heat will dissipate.
Another benefit of the mirror design lies in its improved power dissipation capability.
A limited release seasonal from Terrapin Brewing Co. Easy Rider pours golden straw with a thin head that quickly dissipates.
It is in the nature of charisma that it rises out of thin air, out of need and distress, and then dissipates when the magic fails.
Because standard paints offgas volatile organic compounds ( VOCs ) that contaminate your home while you're painting and stick around even after that nasty smell dissipates.
But the film becomes unbearably static once the action moves to England, and much of the morbid sexual tension is dissipated.
Debby dissipating, heading out to sea.
All of the devices are packaged in the SMX 580448 ceramic surfacemount package , which has a copper-composite base that enhances thermal dissipation.
Thermoelectric refrigeration is also 12vDC, but uses no refrigerant and has no moving parts except a heat-dissipating fan.
Typically, the excitement that builds from Selection Sunday until tipoff of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday dissipates by around 5 pm, thanks to early games that often don't end up: a) an upset.
Every now and then a tropical system will form, get a name, dissipate and then strengthen again.

In science:

We solved the generalized Steiner’s problem by introducing a conservative potential and a dissipative force in the field and gave a computing method by using a testing point and a corresponding iterative curve.
Generalized Steiner's Problem and its Solution with the Concepts in Field Thoery
The next question is ’How to get that set by a computing method ?’ We would like to use a testing point αtesting and the interative curve Literative and introduce a conservative potential U (α) = Pn i=1Ui (α − αi ) and a dissipative force.
Generalized Steiner's Problem and its Solution with the Concepts in Field Thoery
We may see that the equation of motion for the inversion is unchanged with respect to the dissipative case, but the polarization decay rate is increased above the spontaneous emission result.
Quantum Zeno-like effect due to competing decoherence mechanisms
In particular, for γ τ ≫ 1 it would be possible to inhibit the dissipative effects through the nondissipative ones.
Quantum Zeno-like effect due to competing decoherence mechanisms
Due to their multiplicative nature, it is straightforward for them to reproduce multifractal scaling exponents associated with the energy dissipation field , the latter representing the intermittency corrections to the K41-theory .
Dynamical random multiplicative cascade model in 1+1 dimensions