• WordNet 3.6
    • n dissipation 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"
    • n dissipation dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure
    • n dissipation breaking up and scattering by dispersion "the dissipation of the mist"
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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.
    • Dissipation 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.; dissoluteness. "To reclaim the spendthrift from his dissipation and extravagance."
    • Dissipation A trifle which wastes time or distracts attention. "Prevented from finishing them [the letters] a thousand avocations and dissipations ."
    • Dissipation The act of dissipating or dispersing; a state of dispersion or separation; dispersion; waste. "Without loss or dissipation of the matter.""The famous dissipation of mankind."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n dissipation The act of dissipating, dispelling, or dispersing; the state of being dissipated; a passing or wasting away: as, the dissipation of vapor or heat; the dissipation of energy.
    • n dissipation The act of wasting by misuse; wasteful expenditure or loss: as, the dissipation of one's powers or means in unsuccessful efforts.
    • n dissipation Distraction of the mind and waste of its energy, as by diverse occupations or objects of attention; anything that distracts the mind or divides the attention.
    • n dissipation Undue indulgence in pleasure; specifically, the intemperate pursuit of enjoyment through excessive use of intoxicating drink, and its attendant vices.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Dissipation dispersion: state of being dispersed: scattered attention: a dissolute course of life, esp. hard drinking
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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. dissipatio,: cf. F. dissipation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. dissipāre, -ātumdis, asunder, and obs. supāre, which appears in insipĕre, to throw into.


In literature:

Here the hoary-headed father sits beside a newly-initiated youth who is receiving his first lesson of dissipation.
"An Outcast" by F. Colburn Adams
You know my brother's dissipated habits.
"The Monctons: A Novel, Volume I" by Susanna Moodie
Dissipation, and shame, and want, had all set their mark there.
"The Adventures of a Three-Guinea Watch" by Talbot Baines Reed
The good judge was not the only man in England who had watched the dissipated career of the young prince with sorrow and concern.
"Parkhurst Boys" by Talbot Baines Reed
Witness the speedy improvement of dissipated men when boarding with country friends who eat rationally and retire early.
"Civics and Health" by William H. Allen
I withdrew without reluctance from the noisy and extensive scene of crowds without company, and dissipation without pleasure.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
It is the man who never steps outside of his specialty or dissipates his individuality.
"Architects of Fate" by Orison Swett Marden
At seven o'clock, with the sun circling the lower sky, the fog under us suddenly dissipated completely.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings
Delicacy of feeling, however, prevented Mr Blurt from alluding to dissipations at which he could only guess.
"Post Haste" by R.M. Ballantyne
His melancholy thoughts were dissipated by a sudden increase in the shouting of the little ones.
"Red Rooney" by R.M. Ballantyne

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
She's never wrecked herself at all,
At these low dissipating balls
Where women dance and virtue falls—
She scorns them.
"The Model Girl" by Frank Barbour Coffin
A hand that providently throws,
Nor dissipates in vain:
How neat his field! how clean it grows!
What produce from each grain!
"Charity to Man" by William Drennan
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
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:

Sparse amount that elephants have may help them dissipate heat, researchers say.
Sparse tufts may help them dissipate heat rather than retain it, researchers say.
Assad says he needs some time to win, Morsi digs into Syria in Tehran, Isaac threat dissipates, Ryan goes for the throat and whale vomit makes boy rich.
Can a helmet liner ' dissipate ' energy of head hits.
Concussion symptoms dissipate , but Gibson's struggles on offense continue.
It's obvious Jason Garrett's faith in Felix Jones has dissipated .
But it seems pretty obvious that Garrett's faith in Jones has dissipated .
New Lightning- Dissipation System Keeps Power Plant On Line in the Worst Storms.
The Wee Hours Takes a Vacation—To Bahamian Dissipation .
Updated Static Dissipative Unit Ensures Safety of Type C FIBCSs for Hazardous Areas.
Fabric-Reinforced Food-Grade Static Dissipative Hose.
This static dissipative vacuum hose is FDA-acceptable for use in clean rooms and features a friction-fitting molded cuff and grounding wire.
Because we don't have to dissipate much heat, we can weld with relatively small–diameter electrodes .
MHM's aluminum honeycomb platens, available from Hirsch Int'l (www.hic.us), are engineered for light weight and to offer durability and effective heat dissipation.
The severe drought conditions that troubled Indiana through the summer have largely dissipated, with a federal report showing the state's dryness in its best condition since mid-June .

In science:

In both cases dissipation is shown to typically increase during inflation and bring the system into the strong dissipative regime.
Warm inflation dynamics in the low temperature regime
Recently, the fluctuation-dissipation theorem in nonequilibrium systems has again been studied by several authors. [1, 2] The Einstein relation is the simplest form of the fluctuation-dissipation theorem.
Generalized Einstein Relation for Brownian Motion in Tilted Periodic Potential
The form of Q adopted here is slightly different from the original version to ensure that it mimics the dissipation of a flux of non-thermal energy, for instance, the dissipation of lowfrequency Alfv´en waves.
Angular momentum transport and proton-alpha differential streaming in the solar wind
First, the tidal dissipation parameter Qp for the planet is usually based on model-dependent estimates based on the tidal evolution of the Jovian satellite system (Yoder & Peale (1981)) or on physical theories of tidal dissipation (Goldreich & Nicholson (1977); Ogilvie & Lin (2004)).
Tidal Evolution of Close-in Extra-Solar Planets
L − c is dissipative. (ii) (L − c)(C ∞ (M)) is dense in L2 (M, µ). (iii) L − c is maximal ly dissipative. (iv) L − c is the generator of a contraction semigroup on L2 (M, µ).
Random Lie group actions on compact manifolds: A perturbative analysis