Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Decomposition into fragments or parts; disintegration.
  • n. Indulgence in sensual pleasures; debauchery.
  • n. Termination or extinction by disintegration or dispersion: The dissolution of the empire was remarkably swift.
  • n. Extinction of life; death.
  • n. Annulment or termination of a formal or legal bond, tie, or contract.
  • n. Formal dismissal of an assembly or legislature.
  • n. Reduction to a liquid form; liquefaction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The termination of an organized body or legislative assembly, especially a formal dismissal.
  • n. Disintegration, or decomposition into fragments.
  • n. Dissolving, or going into solution.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of dissolving, sundering, or separating into component parts; separation.
  • n. Change from a solid to a fluid state; solution by heat or moisture; liquefaction; melting.
  • n. Change of form by chemical agency; decomposition; resolution.
  • n. The dispersion of an assembly by terminating its sessions; the breaking up of a partnership.
  • n. The extinction of life in the human body; separation of the soul from the body; death.
  • n. The state of being dissolved, or of undergoing liquefaction.
  • n. The new product formed by dissolving a body; a solution.
  • n. Destruction of anything by the separation of its parts; ruin.
  • n. Corruption of morals; dissipation; dissoluteness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of dissolving, or changing from a solid to a liquid state; the state of undergoing liquefaction.
  • n. The substance formed by dissolving a body in a menstruum; a solution.
  • n. Separation into parts, especially into elementary or minute parts; disintegration; decomposition or resolution of natural structure, as of animal or vegetable substances. Specifically
  • n. Death; the separation of soul and body.
  • n. Separation of the parts which compose a connected system or body: as, the dissolution of nature; the dissolution of government.
  • n. The process of retrogression or degeneration: opposed to evolution.
  • n. The breaking up of an assembly or association of any kind, or the bringing of its existence to an end: as, a dissolution of Parliament, or of a partnership; the dissolution of the English monasteries under Henry VIII.
  • n. The act of relaxing or weakening; enervation; looseness or laxity, as of manners; dissipation; dissoluteness.
  • n. The determination of the requisites of a mathematical problem.
  • n. Synonyms and Termination, destruction, ruin.
  • n. Recess, prorogation, etc. See adjournment.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the process of going into solution
  • n. the termination of a meeting
  • n. dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure
  • n. the termination or disintegration of a relationship (between persons or nations)
  • n. separation into component parts

Etymologies

From Latin dissolutio ("a dissolving, destroying, breaking up, dissolution") (Wiktionary)

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