- to make a solution of, as by mixing with a liquid; pass into solution: to dissolve salt in water.
- to melt; liquefy: to dissolve sugar into syrup.
- to undo (a tie or bond); break up (a connection, union, etc.).
- to break up (an assembly or organization); dismiss; disperse.
- Government. to order the termination of (a parliament or other legislative body).
- to bring to an end; terminate; destroy: to dissolve one's hopes.
- to separate into parts or elements; disintegrate.
- to destroy the binding power or influence of: to dissolve a spell.
- Law. to deprive of force; abrogate; annul: to dissolve a marriage.
- to become dissolved, as in a solvent.
- to become melted or liquefied.
- to disintegrate, break up, or disperse.
- to lose force, intensity, or strength.
- to disappear gradually; fade away.
- to break down emotionally; lose one's composure: The poor child dissolved in tears.
- Movies, Television. to fade out one shot or scene while simultaneously fading in the next, overlapping the two during the process.
- Also called lap dissolve, cross-dissolve. Movies, Television. a transition from one scene to the next made by dissolving.
Origin of dissolve
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1. See melt1. 3. sever, loosen. 5. adjourn.
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Examples from the Web for dissolve
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You remember the famous Bertolt Brecht line about how the government should just “dissolve the people and elect another”?A New GOP? Not Yet
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An upcoming court ruling on the constitutionality of the parliamentary elections could dissolve the Islamist-dominated Parliament.Confusion Surrounds Egypt’s Presidential Elections, Set for May 23
May 2, 2012
Besides, as he said to a colleague, "If we did not dissolve we would be showing the white feather."The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Dissolve an ounce of isinglass in as much warm water as will cover it.
Pour on them as much white wine as will cover and dissolve them.
Dissolve half a pound of loaf-sugar in half a pint of claret.
Then dissolve it by stirring it in a saucepan over the fire.The Skilful Cook
- 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
C14: from Latin dissolvere to make loose, from dis- 1 + solvere to release
Word Origin and History for dissolve
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- 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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- To pass or cause to pass into solution.
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