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.
- 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.
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
1, 3. See decay.
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Historical Examples of disintegrative
Hugo's romantic drama is as disintegrative, regular in construction, perspicuous, and eloquent as a tragedy of Corneille.
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
- to induce or undergo nuclear fission, as by bombardment with fast particles
- another word for decay (def. 3)
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