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disintegrate

[ dis-in-tuh-greyt ]
/ d瑟s藞瑟n t蓹藢gre瑟t /
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verb (used without object), dis路in路te路grat路ed, dis路in路te路grat路ing.
to separate into parts or lose intactness or solidness; break up; deteriorate: The old book is gradually disintegrating with age.
Physics.
  1. to decay.
  2. (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路in路te路grat路ed, dis路in路te路grat路ing.
to reduce to particles, fragments, or parts; break up or destroy the cohesion of: Rocks are disintegrated by frost and rain.
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Origin of disintegrate

First recorded in 1790鈥1800; dis-1 + integrate

synonym study for disintegrate

1, 3. See decay.

OTHER WORDS FROM disintegrate

dis路in路te路gra路ble [dis-in-tuh-gruh-buhl], /d瑟s藞瑟n t蓹 gr蓹 b蓹l/, adjectivedis路in路te路gra路tive, dis路in路te路gra路to路ry [dis-in-tuh-gruh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee, -grey-tuh-ree], /d瑟s藞瑟n t蓹 gr蓹藢t蓴r i, -藢to蕣r i, -藢gre瑟 t蓹 ri/, adjectivedis路in路te路gra路tor, nounnon路dis路in路te路grat路ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for disintegrate

disintegrate
/ (d瑟s藞瑟nt瑟藢伞re瑟t) /

verb
to break or be broken into fragments or constituent parts; shatter
to lose or cause to lose cohesion or unity
(intr) to lose judgment or control; deteriorate
physics
  1. to induce or undergo nuclear fission, as by bombardment with fast particles
  2. another word for decay (def. 3)

Derived forms of disintegrate

disintegrable, adjectivedisintegration, noundisintegrative, adjectivedisintegrator, noun
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