Definition of dissipation in English:


Line breaks: dis¦si|pa¦tion
Pronunciation: /dɪsɪˈpeɪʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
  • 2The squandering of money, energy, or resources: the dissipation of the country’s mineral wealth
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    • Wasteful dissipation of resources has become associated more with the public sector than the private sector, especially since the collapse of the Soviet Union has revealed the worst excesses of public kleptocracy.
    • With a state's economic weight in decline, the number of rivals and amount of disputed issues swells like a tidal wave, leading to dissipation of limited resources in many sectors.
    • The plaintiff is relieved of the burden of managing a large sum of money and is protected from possible dissipation of the funds.
  • 2.1 Physics Loss of energy through its conversion into heat: energy dissipation [count noun]: the dissipations in the switch and diode are small
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    • It has been believed that, in addition to the avoidance mechanisms such as excess heat dissipation through evaporative cooling, intrinsic tolerance mechanisms are more relevant for a greater adaptation to high temperature.
    • It should be noted that the heat generated by energy dissipation does not influence leaf temperature appreciably.
    • But if equipment is already operating on the low end of nominal voltage then the brown-out may cause excessive heat dissipation in motors and electronic equipment.


late Middle English (in the sense 'complete disintegration'): from Latin dissipatio(n-), from the verb dissipare (see dissipate).

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