- 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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Related Words for disintegrativebiting, acrid, acerbic, corroding, dissolvent, acidulous, disintegrative, erosive
Examples from the Web for disintegrative
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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