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NOUN (3)

1. breaking up and scattering by dispersion;
- Example: "the dissipation of the mist"

2. dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure;
[syn: profligacy, dissipation, dissolution, licentiousness, looseness]

3. useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly;
- Example: "if the effort brings no compensating gain it is a waste"
- Example: "mindless dissipation of natural resources"
[syn: waste, wastefulness, dissipation]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Dissipation \Dis`si*pa"tion\ (d[i^]s`s[i^]*p[=a]"sh[u^]n), n. [L. dissipatio: cf. F. dissipation.] 1. The act of dissipating or dispersing; a state of dispersion or separation; dispersion; waste. [1913 Webster] Without loss or dissipation of the matter. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] The famous dissipation of mankind. --Sir M. Hale. [1913 Webster] 2. A dissolute course of life, in which health, money, etc., are squandered in pursuit of pleasure; profuseness in vicious indulgence, as late hours, riotous living, etc.; dissoluteness. [1913 Webster] To reclaim the spendthrift from his dissipation and extravagance. --P. Henry. [1913 Webster] 3. A trifle which wastes time or distracts attention. [1913 Webster] Prevented from finishing them [the letters] a thousand avocations and dissipations. --Swift. [1913 Webster] Dissipation of energy. Same as Degradation of energy, under Degradation. [1913 Webster]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

140 Moby Thesaurus words for "dissipation": abandon, abandonment, ablation, amusement, attenuation, attrition, blackout, blocking, broadcast, broadcasting, carousal, carouse, carpe diem, circumfusion, conspicuous consumption, consumption, corrosion, debauch, debauchery, debauchment, decrease, decrement, deliquescence, dematerialization, departure, depletion, depreciation, diffraction, diffusion, dilution, disappearance, disappearing, dispensation, dispersal, dispersion, dissemination, dissoluteness, dissolution, dissolving, distraction, distribution, divergence, diversion, divertissement, drain, eclipse, elimination, entertainment, erasure, erosion, evanescence, evaporation, exhaustion, expansion, expenditure, extinction, extravagance, fadeaway, fadeout, fading, fastness, fragmentation, free living, gallantry, going, hedonism, high living, impoverishment, incontinence, intemperance, killing pace, lavishness, leakage, leaking purse, libertinage, libertinism, license, licentiousness, loose purse strings, loss, melting, occultation, orgy, overgenerosity, overgenerousness, overindulgence, overliberality, passing, peppering, pound-foolishness, prodigality, profligacy, profuseness, profusion, propagation, publication, radiation, rakishness, reckless expenditure, reckless spending, recklessness, recreation, riotous living, saturnalia, scattering, scatterment, self-gratification, self-indulgence, sensualism, shotgun pattern, shrinkage, sowing, spattering, splay, spread, spreading, sprinkling, squandering, squandermania, strewing, sybaritism, unbridledness, using, using up, vanishing, vanishing point, venery, volatilization, voluptuousness, wantonness, wastage, waste, wastefulness, wear and tear, wearing, wearing away, wenching, whoring, wildness, wipe