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disintegrate

[ dis-in-tuh-greyt ]
/ dɪsˈɪn təˌgreɪt /
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verb (used without object), dis·in·te·grat·ed, dis·in·te·grat·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·in·te·grat·ed, dis·in·te·grat·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 1790–1800; dis-1 + integrate
1, 3. See decay.
dis·in·te·gra·ble [dis-in-tuh-gruh-buhl], /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
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British Dictionary definitions for disintegrate

disintegrate
/ (dɪsˈɪntɪˌɡreɪt) /

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)
disintegrable, adjectivedisintegration, noundisintegrative, adjectivedisintegrator, noun
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