[ dih-zolv ]
/ dɪˈzɒlv /

verb (used with object), dis·solved, dis·solv·ing.

verb (used without object), dis·solved, dis·solv·ing.


Also called lap dissolve, cross-dissolve. Movies, Television. a transition from one scene to the next made by dissolving.

Nearby words

  1. dissogony,
  2. dissoluble,
  3. dissolute,
  4. dissolutely,
  5. dissolution,
  6. dissolvent,
  7. dissolving view,
  8. dissonance,
  9. dissonancy,
  10. dissonant

Origin of dissolve

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin dissolvere, equivalent to dis- dis-1 + solvere to solve

1. See melt1. 3. sever, loosen. 5. adjourn.

Related forms
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Examples from the Web for dissolvable

  • But what estate on earth is so firm, that is not changeable, or what friendship is so constant, that is not dissolvable?

  • For such things as are not dissolvable by the Moisture of the Tongue, act not upon the Taste.

    Opticks|Isaac Newton
  • With short-term marriages, dissolvable at will, there is no reason why they should be otherwise.

    The Girl in the Golden Atom|Raymond King Cummings
  • Well then, at the end of ten years these should be dissolvable, with proper provision made for the children.

    Mrs. Warren's Daughter|Sir Harry Johnston

British Dictionary definitions for dissolvable


/ (dɪˈzɒlv) /



films television a scene filmed or televised by dissolving
Derived Formsdissolvable, adjectivedissolvability or dissolvableness, noundissolver, noun

Word Origin for dissolve

C14: from Latin dissolvere to make loose, from dis- 1 + solvere to release

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Word Origin and History for dissolvable



late 14c. (transitive and intransitive) "to break up" (of material substances), from Latin dissolvere "to loosen up, break apart," from dis- "apart" (see dis-) + solvere "to loose, loosen" (see solve). Meaning "to disband" (an assembly) is early 15c. Related: Dissolved; dissolving.

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Medicine definitions for dissolvable


[ dĭ-zŏlv ]


To pass or cause to pass into a solution, as salt in water.
To become or cause to become liquid; melt.
To cause to disintegrate or become disintegrated.

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Science definitions for dissolvable


[ dĭ-zŏlv ]

To pass or cause to pass into solution.
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