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Webster 1913 Edition


Dissolve

Dis-solve′

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Dissolved
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Dissolving
.]
[L.
dissolvere
,
dissolutum
;
dis-
+
solvere
to loose, free. See
Solve
, and cf.
Dissolute
.]
1.
To separate into competent parts; to disorganize; to break up; hence, to bring to an end by separating the parts, sundering a relation, etc.; to terminate; to destroy; to deprive of force;
as, to
dissolve
a partnership; to
dissolve
Parliament.
Lest his ungoverned rage
dissolve
the life.
Shakespeare
2.
To break the continuity of; to disconnect; to disunite; to sunder; to loosen; to undo; to separate.
Nothing can
dissolve
us.
Shakespeare
Down fell the duke, his joints
dissolved
asunder.
Fairfax.
For one people to
dissolve
the political bands which have connected them with another.
The Declaration of Independence.
3.
To convert into a liquid by means of heat, moisture, etc.,; to melt; to liquefy; to soften.
As if the world were all
dissolved
to tears.
Shakespeare
4.
To solve; to clear up; to resolve.
Dissolved the mystery.”
Tennyson.
Make interpretations and
dissolve
doubts.
Dan. v. 16.
5.
To relax by pleasure; to make powerless.
Angels
dissolved
in hallelujahs lie.
Dryden.
Syn. – See
Adjourn
.

Dis-solve′

,
Verb.
I.
1.
To waste away; to be dissipated; to be decomposed or broken up.
2.
To become fluid; to be melted; to be liquefied.
A figure
Trenched in ice, which with an hour’s heat
Dissolves
to water, and doth lose his form.
Shakespeare
3.
To fade away; to fall to nothing; to lose power.
The charm
dissolves
apace.
Shakespeare

Webster 1828 Edition


Dissolve

DISSOLVE

,
Verb.
T.
dizzolv. [L., to loose, to free.]
1.
To melt; to liquefy; to convert from a solid or fixed state to a fluid state, by means of heat or moisture.
To desolve by heat, is to loosen the parts of a solid body and render them fluid or easily movable. Thus ice is converted into water by dissolution.
To dissolve in a liquid, is to separate the parts of a solid substance, and cause them to mix with the fluid; or to reduce a solid substance into minute parts which may be sustained in that fluid. Thus water dissolves salt and sugar.
2.
To disunite; to break; to separate.
Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness? 2 Peter 3.
3.
To loose; to disunite.
Down fell the duke, his joints dissolved.
4.
To loose the ties or bonds of any thing; to destroy an connected system; as, to dissolve a government; to dissolve a corporation.
5.
To loose; to break; as, to dissolve a league; to dissolve the bonds of friendship.
6.
To break up; to cause to separate; to put an end to; as, to dissolve the parliament; to dissolve an assembly.
7.
To clear; to solve; to remove; to dissipate, or to explain; as, to dissolve doubts. We usually say, to solve doubts and difficulties.
8.
To break; to destroy; as, to dissolve a charm, spell or enchantment.
9.
To loosen or relax; to make languid; as dissolved in pleasure.
10.
To waste away; to consume; to cause to vanish or perish.
Thou dissolvest my substance. Job 30.
11.
To annul; to rescind; as, to dissolve an injunction.

DISSOLVE

,
Verb.
I.
dizzolv.
1.
To be melted; to be converted from a solid to a fluid state; as, sugar dissolves in water.
2.
To sink away; to lose strength and firmness.
3.
To melt away in pleasure; to become soft or languid.
4.
To fall asunder; to crumble; to be broken. A government may dissolve by its own weight or extent.
5.
To waste away; to perish; to be decomposed. Flesh dissolves by putrefaction.
6.
To come to an end by a separation of parts.

Definition 2022


dissolve

dissolve

English

Verb

dissolve (third-person singular simple present dissolves, present participle dissolving, simple past and past participle dissolved)

  1. (transitive) To terminate a union of multiple members actively, as by disbanding
    The ruling party or coalition sometimes dissolves parliament early when the polls are favorable, hoping to reconvene with a larger majority
  2. (transitive) To destroy, make disappear
  3. (transitive) To liquify, melt into a fluid
    • Shakespeare
      as if the world were all dissolved to tears
  4. (intransitive) To be melted, changed into a fluid
  5. (chemistry, transitive) To disintegrate chemically into a solution by immersion into a liquid or gas.
  6. (chemistry, intransitive) To be disintegrated by such immersion.
  7. (transitive) To disperse, drive apart a group of persons.
    • Shakespeare
      Nothing can dissolve us.
  8. (transitive) To break the continuity of; to disconnect; to loosen; to undo; to separate.
    • Fairfax
      Down fell the duke, his joints dissolved asunder.
    • The Declaration of Independence
      For one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another.
  9. (law, transitive) To annul; to rescind; to discharge or release.
    to dissolve an injunction
  10. (cinematography, intransitive) To shift from one shot to another by having the former fade out as the latter fades in.
  11. (intransitive) To resolve itself as by dissolution
  12. (obsolete) To solve; to clear up; to resolve.
    • Tennyson
      dissolved the mystery
    • Bible, Daniel v. 16
      Make interpretations and dissolve doubts.
  13. To relax by pleasure; to make powerless.
    • Dryden
      Angels dissolved in hallelujahs lie.

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Noun

dissolve (plural dissolves)

  1. (cinematography) A film punctuation in which there is a gradual transition from one scene to the next.

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Italian

Verb

dissolve

  1. third-person singular present indicative of dissolvere

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Latin

Verb

dissolve

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of dissolvō

Portuguese

Verb

dissolve

  1. Third-person singular (ele, ela, also used with tu and você?) present indicative of dissolver
  2. Second-person singular (tu) affirmative imperative of dissolver