[ 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.

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


/ (dɪˈzɒlv) /



films television a scene filmed or televised by dissolving

Derived Forms

dissolvable, 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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Medicine definitions for dissolve


[ 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 dissolve


[ dĭ-zŏlv ]

To pass or cause to pass into solution.
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