- 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.
- to reduce to particles, fragments, or parts; break up or destroy the cohesion of: Rocks are disintegrated by frost and rain.
Origin of disintegrate
1, 3. See decay.
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Examples from the Web for 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)
Word Origin and History for disintegrative
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