- the act of dissipating.
- the state of being dissipated; dispersion; disintegration.
- a wasting by misuse: the dissipation of a fortune.
- mental distraction; amusement; diversion.
- dissolute way of living, especially excessive drinking of liquor; intemperance.
- Physics, Mechanics. a process in which energy is used or lost without accomplishing useful work, as friction causing loss of mechanical energy.
Origin of dissipation
Examples from the Web for dissipation
To do him justice, his dissipation of the past few months had not included women.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
The gifts of nature had been the instruments of dissipation.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
Still he pursued his plan, and sought for safety in a course of dissipation.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
No taint of vice or dissipation had ever sullied the brightness of his pleasant life.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
It was his dissipation; there was something vaguely perilous in the absorption of it.The Trimming of Goosie
- the act of dissipating or condition of being dissipated
- unrestrained indulgence in physical pleasures, esp alcohol
- excessive expenditure; wastefulness
- amusement; diversion
Word Origin and History for dissipation
early 15c., "act of scattering," from Latin dissipationem (nominative dissipatio), noun of action from past participle stem of dissipare (see dissipate). Meaning "intemperate mode of living" is from 1784.
- The loss of energy from a physical system, most often in the form of heat.