from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or process of disintegrating.
- n. The state of being disintegrated.
- n. Physics & Chemistry The natural or induced transformation of an atomic nucleus from a more massive to a less massive configuration by the emission of particles or radiation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A process by which anything disintegrates.
- n. The condition of anything which has disintegrated.
- n. A wearing away or falling to pieces of rocks or strata, produced by atmospheric action, frost, ice, etc.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The process by which anything is disintegrated; the condition of anything which is disintegrated.
- n. The wearing away or falling to pieces of rocks or strata, produced by atmospheric action, frost, ice, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the spontaneous disintegration of a radioactive substance along with the emission of ionizing radiation
- n. total destruction
- n. a loss (or serious disruption) of organization in some system
- n. separation into component parts
- n. in a decomposed state
disintegrate + -ion (Wiktionary)