- 1 [no object] Disperse or scatter: the cloud of smoke dissipatedMore example sentences
- The clouds that had blocked the sun during the day had dissipated, scattered by the winds to reveal the stars sprawled in all their glory across the sky.
- She disappeared in a flash of smoke, dissipating like a shaken cloud.
- As the crowd scattered and dissipated, a few of us inched forward and managed to engage some of the sheriffs in conversation.
- 1.1(With reference to a feeling or other intangible thing) disappear or cause to disappear: [no object]: the concern she’d felt for him had wholly dissipated [with object]: he wanted to dissipate his angerMore example sentences
- So immediate emotion can dissipate before a country's population can make an important decision?
- Rage suddenly takes control as the other emotions dissipated when he'd been pulled from his meal.
- By contrast, on film it looked like the mere aggregation of takes and cutaways; its timbres and its fluency dissipated and finally disappeared.
- 2 [with object] Squander or fritter away (money, energy, or resources): he had dissipated his entire fortuneMore example sentences
- This fueled regional battles over property and influence, greatly dissipating the energy and resources of the OC.
- Edwardes said: ‘The Ryder remedy only produced a bureaucratic paperchase dissipating management resource and effort.’
- An important truth is that we need full and active participation in liturgy and you don't get that by dissipating your resources.
- 2.1 (usually be dissipated) Physics Cause (energy) to be lost, typically by converting it to heat.More example sentences
- This kinetic energy will be dissipated in the form of heat on impact of the clip with the magnet.
- There's a reduction in efficiency as energy is dissipated in heat.
- As the basal part of the stem was linearly elastic, there was no energy dissipated by viscous friction.
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- This fact assumes a particular quality when considering ecosystems or their major compartments from the viewpoint of self-organized dissipative structures.
- This state may be associated with dissipative structures, i.e., structures resulting from a dissipation of energy rather than from conservative molecular forces.
- Surprisingly, the dissipative interactions decrease strongly after the first force peak occurring at a tip-sample distance of 25 nm.
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- Indeed, the whole conflict is the greatest dissipator of energy across the region.
- You can see pictures of these dissipators on the 737 webpage below.
- Based on these results we have further strengthened the hypothesis that CP43’ functions as a nonradiative dissipator of light energy, thus protecting photosystem II from excessive excitation under iron-deficient conditions.
Pronunciation: /-ˌpātər/(also dissipater) noun
late Middle English: from Latin dissipat- 'scattered', from the verb dissipare, from dis- 'apart, widely' + supare 'to throw'.