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.

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British Dictionary definitions for dissolve



to go or cause to go into solutionsalt dissolves in water; water dissolves sugar
to become or cause to become liquid; melt
to disintegrate or disperse
to come or bring to an end
to dismiss (a meeting, parliament, etc) or (of a meeting, etc) to be dismissed
to collapse or cause to collapse emotionallyto dissolve into tears
to lose or cause to lose distinctness or clarity
(tr) to terminate legally, as a marriage, etc
(intr) films television to fade out one scene and replace with another to make two scenes merge imperceptibly (fast dissolve) or slowly overlap (slow dissolve) over a period of about three or four seconds


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 dissolve



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 dissolve




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 dissolve



To pass or cause to pass into solution.
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