verb (used without object), dis·in·te·grat·ed, dis·in·te·grat·ing.
- to decay.
- (of a nucleus) to change into one or more different nuclei after being bombarded by high-energy particles, as alpha particles or gamma rays.
verb (used with object), dis·in·te·grat·ed, dis·in·te·grat·ing.
Related formsdis·in·te·gra·ble [dis-in-tuh-gruh-buh l] /dɪsˈɪn tə grə bəl/, adjectivedis·in·te·gra·tive, dis·in·te·gra·to·ry [dis-in-tuh-gruh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, -grey-tuh-ree] /dɪsˈɪn tə grəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i, -ˌgreɪ tə ri/, adjectivedis·in·te·gra·tor, nounnon·dis·in·te·grat·ing, adjective
Examples from the Web for disintegrate
At this point Marvin gives his Liberty Valance smile, the kind that makes you wish you could disintegrate in front of him.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
If life has left Mandela, does this mean we will disintegrate, too?
All of our hard work began to disintegrate in an instant, based on a decision the Marines and I had no input on whatsoever.
Do we have a plan B if the Afghan Army starts to disintegrate?Obama and Romney Must Address the Pakistan Problem|Bruce Riedel|October 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It is a fantasy, and it was very important to me to show that disintegrate, and show what the actual transaction looked like.‘Mad Men’: Matthew Weiner and Christina Hendricks Dissect 5 Scenes From ‘The Other Woman’|Jace Lacob|August 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The discontinuity of his style, and the strict rules which he adopted, tend to disintegrate his poems.Alexander Pope|Leslie Stephen
It is easier to kill it off than to disintegrate its individual form.Language|Edward Sapir
Later on I'll be able to disintegrate anything, if I have luck—that is, anything except end-products.The Man Who Rocked the Earth|Arthur Train
As soon as matter begins to disintegrate, the life-force passes on—that's all.The Flaming Sword in Serbia and Elsewhere|Mabel Annie Boulton Stobart
In this state it is confined and allowed to disintegrate slowly where it can cause no further annoyance.Humorous Ghost Stories|Dorothy Scarborough
British Dictionary definitions for disintegrate
- to induce or undergo nuclear fission, as by bombardment with fast particles
- another word for decay (def. 3)