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Definition of "dissipation" []

  • The act of dissipating or the condition of having been dissipated. (noun)
  • Wasteful expenditure or consumption. (noun)
  • Dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure; intemperance. (noun)
  • An amusement; a diversion. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "dissipation" in a sentence
  • "However, it has also been noted that elevated turbulent dissipation is by itself insufficient proof of substantial biogenic mixing, because much of the turbulent kinetic energy of small animals is injected below the Ozmidov buoyancy length scale, where it is primarily dissipated as heat by the fluid viscosity before it can affect ocean mixing2."
  • "We argue that if innovation is both sequential and complementary--as it certainly has been in those industries--competition can increase firms' future profits thus offsetting short-term dissipation of rents."
  • "Short of an extraordinarily rapid and highly undesirable short - term dissipation of unified surpluses or a transferring of assets to individual privatized accounts, it appears difficult to avoid at least some accumulation of private assets by the government."