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DIS-SO'CIA-BLE, a. [See Dissociate.]

  1. Not well associated, united, or assorted. They came in two and two, though matched in the most dissociable manner. – Spectator, No. 4.
  2. Incongruous; not reconcilable with. – Warburton.

DIS-SO'CIAL, a. [dis and social.]

Unfriendly to society; contracted; selfish; as, a dissocial passion. – Kames.

DIS-SO'CIATE, v.t. [L. dissociatus, dissocio; dis and socio, to unite, socius, a companion.]

To separate; to disunite; to part; as, to dissociate the particles of a concrete substance. – Boyle.


Separated; disunited.


Separating; disuniting.


The act of disuniting; a state of separation; disunion. It will add to the dissociation, distraction and confusion of these confederate republics. – Burke.


Capacity of being dissolved by heat or moisture, and converted into a fluid.

DIS'SOL-U-BLE, a. [L. dissolubilis. See Dissolve.]

  1. Capable of being dissolved; that may be melted; having its parts separable by heat or moisture; convertible into a fluid. – Woodward.
  2. That may be disunited.

DIS'SO-LUTE, a. [L. dissolutus, from dissolvo.]

  1. Loose in behavior and morals; given to vice and dissipation; wanton; lewd; luxurious; debauched; not under the restraints of law; as, a dissolute man; dissolute company.
  2. Vicious; wanton; devoted to pleasure and dissipation; as, a dissolute life.


Loosely; wantonly; in dissipation or debauchery; without restraint; as, to live dissolutely.


Looseness of manners and morals; vicious indulgences in pleasure, as in intemperance and debauchery; dissipation; as, dissoluteness of life or manners.

DIS-SO-LU'TION, n. [L. dissolutio, from dissolvo.]

  1. In a general sense, the separation of the parts of a body which, in the natural structure, are united; or the reduction of concrete bodies into their smallest parts, without regard to solidity or fluidity. Thus we speak of the dissolution of salts in water, of metals in nitro-muriatic acid, and of ice or butter by heat; in which cases, the dissolution is effected by a menstruum or particular agent. We speak also of the dissolution of flesh or animal bodies, when the parts separate by putrefaction. Dissolution then is,
  2. The act of liquefying or changing from a solid to a fluid state by heat; a melting; a thawing; as, the dissolution of snow and ice, which converts them into water.
  3. The reduction of a body into its smallest parts, or into very minute parts, by a dissolvent or menstruum, as of a metal by nitro-muriatic acid, or of salts in water.
  4. The separation of the parts of a body by putrefaction, or the analysis of the natural structure of mixed bodies, as of animal or vegetable substances; decomposition.
  5. The substance formed by dissolving a body in a menstruum. [This is now called a solution.] – Bacon.
  6. Death; the separation of the soul and body. – Milton.
  7. Destruction; the separation of the parts which compose a connected system, or body; as, the dissolution of the world, or of nature; the dissolution of government.
  8. The breaking up of an assembly, or the putting an end to its existence. Dissolution is the civil death of parliament. – Blackstone.
  9. Looseness of manners; dissipation. – Taylor. South. In this latter sense the word is obsolete, dissoluteness being substituted.
  10. Dissolution of the blood, in medicine, that state of the blood, in which it does not readily coagulate, on its cooling out of the body, as in malignant fevers. – Cyc.

DIS-SOLV'A-BLE, a. [dizzolv'able. See Dissolve.]

That may be dissolved; capable of being melted; that may be converted into a fluid. Sugar and ice are dissolvable bodies.


State of being dissolvable.

DIS-SOLVE', v.i. [dizzolv'.]

  1. To be melted; to be converted from a solid to a fluid state; as, sugar dissolves in water.
  2. To sink sway; to lose strength and firmness. – Shak.
  3. To melt away in pleasure; to become soft or languid.
  4. To fall asunder; to crumble; to be broken. A government may dissolve by its own weight or extent.
  5. To waste away; to perish; to be decomposed. Flesh dissolves by putrefaction.
  6. To come to an end by a separation of parts.

DIS-SOLVE', v.t. [dizzolv'; L. dissolvo; dis and solvo, to loose, to free.]

  1. To melt; to liquefy; to convert from a solid or fixed state to a fluid state, by means of heat or moisture. To dissolve by heat, is to loosen the parts of a solid body and render them fluid or easily movable. Thus ice is converted into water by dissolution. To dissolve in a liquid, is to separate the parts of a solid substance, and cause them to mix with the fluid; or to reduce a solid substance into minute parts which may be sustained in that fluid. Thus water dissolves salt and sugar.
  2. To disunite; to break; to separate. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy deportment and godliness? – 2 Pet. iii.
  3. To loose; to disunite. Down fell the duke, his joints dissolved. – Fairfax.
  4. To loose the ties or bonds of any thing; to destroy any connected system; as, to dissolve a government; to dissolve a corporation.
  5. To loose; to break; as, to dissolve a league; to dissolve the bonds of friendship.
  6. To break up; to cause to separate; to put an end to; as, to dissolve the parliament; to dissolve an assembly.
  7. To clear; to solve; to remove; to dissipate, or to explain, as, to dissolve doubts. We usually say, to solve doubts and difficulties.
  8. To break; to destroy; as, to dissolve a charm, spell or enchantment. – Milton.
  9. To loosen or relax; to make languid; as, dissolved in pleasure.
  10. To waste away; to consume; to cause to vanish or perish. Thou dissolvest my substance. – Job xxx.
  11. To annul; to rescind; as, to dissolve an injunction. – Johnson's Rep.


Melted; liquefied; disunited; parted; loosed; relaxed; wasted away; ended. Dissolved blood, is that which does not readily coagulate.


Having power to melt or dissolve; as, the dissolvent juices of the stomach. – Ray.


  1. Any thing which has the power or quality of melting, or converting a solid substance into a fluid, or of separating the parts of a fixed body so that they mix with a liquid; as, water is a dissolvent of salts and earths. It is otherwise called a menstruum.
  2. In medicine, a remedy supposed capable of dissolving concretions in the body, such as calculi, tubercles, &c. – Parr.


That which dissolves or has the power of dissolving. Heat is the most powerful dissolver of substances.


Melting; making or becoming liquid.

DIS'SO-NANCE, n. [Fr. dissonance, from L. dissonans, dissono, to be discordant; dis and sono, to sound.]

  1. Discord; a mixture or union of harsh, unharmonious sounds, which are grating or unpleasing to the ear; as, the dissonance of notes, sounds or numbers.
  2. Disagreement.


  1. Discordant; harsh; jarring; unharmonious; unpleasant to the ear; as, dissonant notes or intervals.
  2. Disagreeing; incongruous; usually with from; as, he advanced propositions very dissonant from truth.

DIS-SUADE', v.t. [L. dissuadeo; dis and suadeo, to advise or incite to any thing.]

  1. To advise or exhort against; to attempt to draw or divert from a measure, by reason or offering motives to; as, the minister dissuaded the prince from adopting the measure; he dissuaded him from his purpose.
  2. To represent as unfit, improper or dangerous. War therefore, open or concealed, alike / My voice dissuades. – Milton. This phraseology is probably elliptical, and merely poetical; from being understood.


Advised against; counseled or induced by advice not to do something; diverted from a purpose.