verb (used with object), dis·si·pat·ed, dis·si·pat·ing.
verb (used without object), dis·si·pat·ed, dis·si·pat·ing.
- dissipation trail,
- dissipative system,
Origin of dissipate
Examples from the Web for dissipative
In practice the vibrations of a system are more or less affected by dissipative forces.
Modest and brave men have looked on low-bosomed women in the glitter of dissipative lights with the same feeling.The Bishop of Cottontown|John Trotwood Moore
Word Origin for dissipate
early 15c., from Latin dissipatus, past participle of dissipare "to spread abroad, scatter, disperse; squander, disintegrate," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + supare "to throw, scatter," from PIE *swep- "to throw, sling, cast" (cf. Lithuanian supu "to swing, rock," Old Church Slavonic supo "to strew"). Related: Dissipated; dissipates; dissipating.