• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a dissipative Tending to dissipate.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • 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.
    • dissipative Tending to dissipate or disperse; dispersive.
    • dissipative Of or pertaining to the phenomenon of the dissipation of energy. See energy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Dissipative tending to dissipate or disperse: connected with the dissipation of energy
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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.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. dissipāre, -ātumdis, asunder, and obs. supāre, which appears in insipĕre, to throw into.


In literature:

Collins descended the stairs, blinking, with sleepy dissipated eyes.
"The Substitute Prisoner" by Max Marcin
Our newspapers make a business of training their readers in that worst of all habits, mental dissipation.
"Germany and the Germans" by Price Collier
But the darkness was dissipating.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
Our characters are dissipated upon a scale suited to the heroic age and the primeval constitution of the race.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol III, Issue VI, June, 1863" by Various
In no other way could he dissipate the world's substance into sufficient thinness for his vortices.
"Fables of Infidelity and Facts of Faith" by Robert Patterson
If men have their dissipations, the women have theirs also.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
No matter how dissipated a man may be he wants his bride to be pure.
"Herself" by E. B. Lowry
He had pursued a dissipated, even more than a dissipated career.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
Employment and exertion are the only means of dissipating it.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume 1 (of 3), 1837-1843)" by Queen Victoria
And then the dissipations of the evening were as so many heavy mortgages upon the labour of the morning.
"Art in England" by Dutton Cook

In poetry:

Serpent. Lovely Virgin,
Will not our reason tell us
Supreme felicity is bought with pain?
Who from my brow will wipe
These drops of keener pain?
Who dissipate the dread that loads my heart?
"Adam: A Sacred Drama. Act 2. " by William Cowper
Well, we stood him for a month until he well nigh drove us mad.
And as jeering couldn't penetrate his hide
We fixed a little scheme for to dissipate his dream,
And sicken him of mining till he died.
"Hopeful Hawkins" by C J Dennis
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
He chipped it with a hammer and he chopped it with a bill,
He poured sulphuric acid on the edge of it, until
This terrible Avenger of the Majesty of Law
Was far less like a hatchet than a dissipated saw.
"Annie Protheroe. A Legend of Stratford-le-Bow" by William Schwenck Gilbert
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
Men know 'tis wrong to wander, that to dissipate is sin,
That the dazzle of the harem is the web the evil spin,
To inveigle and to plunder, and to deprivate and spoil,
But to the flings of nagging wives they make a splendid foil.
"The Shady Side" by Samuel Alfred Beadle

In news:

Maingear, the Kenilworth, New Jersey–based manufacturer of boutique gaming desktop and laptop PCs and workstations, announced today that it is expanding its vertical heat dissipation case design to two additional desktop models.
A toxic chemical from one derailed train car has dissipated, an official says.
Wine is a living organism that breathes in odors through the cork, and because wine cellars are airtight, smells don't dissipate.
This robust charging solution features durable stamped aluminum construction which aides in heat dissipation and was designed for years of real life use, unlike cheap plastic chargers .
Many security issues from the cloud 's early years have dissipated, and much of cloud -stored data is encrypted or in read-only mode for non-owners.
An approaching cold front will generate showers and a few thunderstorms as it dissipates over the region.
The legendary band staged a thunderous elegy to lost hope and dissipated ideals.
Hurricane Sandy, finally dissipated after doing billions in damage to the East Coast, may still affect GIBA bridge bidding.
Aavid is a designer and manufacturer of thermal management products that seek to dissipate heat that might otherwise cause failure in a wide range of electronic and industrial systems, Audax said.
Heat -regulating devices that conduct and dissipate unwanted heat .
But those fears dissipated as the economy boomed in the late 1990s and productivity soared.
But second-half tries by Ma'a Nonu, Cory Jane and two for Julian Savea gave the scoreline a lop-sided look as Italy 's resistance dissipated in the final quarter.
As the threatening sound dissipates, a dark and dreary London is revealed.
Between two styrofoam layers , hourglass-shaped dampeners let the two pieces move independently, so when an impact occurs – especially from an odd angle – the energy will dissipate evenly around the rider's head.
Nasty storm clouds dissipated just as the lighting event began.

In science:

But in the presence of dissipation, γk is negative outside the unstable region, and increasingly so the stronger the dissipation.
Spinodal phase separation in relativistic nuclear collisions
Furthermore, the large internal parasitic dissipation of such a large inductor may exceed the optimal design dissipation for suppression of lowfrequency vibration.
Passive damping of beam vibrations through distributed electric networks and piezoelectric transducers: prototype design and experimental validation
Although the Hall-drift is a non-dissipative process, the growth of small-scale magnetic field components modifies the overall magnetic field structure and opens the possibility of more rapid field decay than pure ohmic dissipation would predict.
Ohm's Law for Plasma in General Relativity and Cowling's Theorem
The coarsegrained environment can act as a source of noise, dissipation, and decoherence; thus its influence provides a microscopic model of dissipative quantum mechanics more general than Markovian (white-noise) models which can be constructed more phenomenologically.
The strong-coupling master equation of quantum open systems
This results in a more complex morphology of the dissipating structureformation shocks, which exhibit a rich network of shock fronts at which the gravitational energy of the gas is dissipated (Miniati et al. 2000; Ryu et al. 2003; Pfrommer et al. 2006).
The Cosmological Impact of Luminous TeV Blazars III: Implications for Galaxy Clusters and the Formation of Dwarf Galaxies