[syn: dissolution, breakup]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Dissolution \Dis`so*lu"tion\, n. [OE. dissolucioun
dissoluteness, F. dissolution, fr. L. dissolutio, fr.
dissolvere. See Dissolve.]
1. The act of dissolving, sundering, or separating into
component parts; separation.
Dissolutions of ancient amities. --Shak.
2. Change from a solid to a fluid state; solution by heat or
moisture; liquefaction; melting.
3. Change of form by chemical agency; decomposition;
The dissolution of the compound. --South.
4. The dispersion of an assembly by terminating its sessions;
the breaking up of a partnership.
Dissolution is the civil death of Parliament.
5. The extinction of life in the human body; separation of
the soul from the body; death.
Immediate dissolution. --Milton.
6. The state of being dissolved, or of undergoing
A man of continual dissolution and thaw. --Shak.
7. The new product formed by dissolving a body; a solution.
8. Destruction of anything by the separation of its parts;
To make a present dissolution of the world.
9. Corruption of morals; dissipation; dissoluteness. [Obs. or
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: separation into component parts [syn: dissolution,
2: the process of going into solution; "the dissolving of salt
in water" [syn: dissolving, dissolution]
3: dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure [syn: profligacy,
dissipation, dissolution, licentiousness, looseness]
4: the termination of a meeting [syn: adjournment,
5: the termination or disintegration of a relationship (between
persons or nations) [syn: dissolution, breakup]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
208 Moby Thesaurus words for "dissolution":
ablation, adjournment, aloofness, anarchy, annihilation,
atomization, attrition, bane, biodegradability, biodegradation,
biological death, blackout, blocking, bloodbath, blue ruin,
breakdown, breaking down, breaking up, breakup, carnage,
cessation of life, chaos, clinical death, collapse, colliquation,
conclusion, confusion, consumption, corrosion, corruption,
crack-up, crossing the bar, crumbling, curtains, damnation,
deactivation, death, death knell, debt of nature, decay, decease,
decimation, decoagulation, decomposition, decrement, degradability,
degradation, deliquescence, deliquium, dematerialization, demise,
demobilization, departure, depletion, depredation, desolation,
despoilment, despoliation, destruction, detachment, devastation,
diaspora, diffusion, dilapidation, disappearance, disappearing,
disbandment, discontinuation, discontinuity, discreteness,
disintegration, disjunction, dislocation, dismissal, disorder,
disorganization, dispersal, dispersion, disruption, dissipation,
dissolving, disunion, division, divorce, divorcement, doom, dying,
ebb of life, eclipse, elimination, end, end of life, ending,
entropy, erasure, erosion, eternal rest, evanescence, evaporation,
exfoliation, exhaustion, exit, expiration, extinction,
extinguishment, fadeaway, fadeout, fading, final summons,
finger of death, finish, fluidification, fluidization,
fragmentation, fusing, fusion, going, going off, grave,
hand of death, havoc, hecatomb, holocaust, incoherence,
inconsistency, jaws of death, knell, last debt, last muster,
last rest, last roundup, last sleep, leaching, leaving life,
liquefaction, liquescence, liquescency, lixiviation, loss,
loss of life, making an end, melting, mildew, mold, nonadhesion,
noncohesion, occultation, overthrow, oxidation, oxidization,
parting, partition, passing, passing away, passing over,
percolation, perdition, perishing, quietus, ravage,
ravages of time, release, resolution, rest, revolution, reward,
ruin, ruination, running, rupture, rust, scaling, scattering,
sentence of death, separateness, separation, shades of death,
shadow of death, shambles, shattering, shrinkage, silence,
slaughter, sleep, solubilization, solution, somatic death,
split-up, spoilage, spoliation, summons of death, termination,
thawing, unadherence, unadhesiveness, unclotting, undoing,
untenacity, vandalism, vanishing, vanishing point, waste, wear,
wear and tear, wipe, wrack, wrack and ruin, wreck
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
DISSOLUTION, contracts. The dissolution of a contract, is the annulling its
effects between the contracting parties.
2. This dissolution of a partnership, is the putting an end to the
partnership. Its dissolution does not affect contracts made between the.
partners and others; so that they are entitled to all their rights, and they
are liable on their obligations, as if the partnership had not been
dissolved. Vide article Partnership and 3 Kent, Com. 27 Dane's Ab. h.t.;
Gow on Partn. Index, h.t.; Wats. on Partn. h.t.; Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
DISSOLUTION, practice. The act of rendering a legal proceeding null, or
changing its character; as, a foreign attachment in Pennsylvania is:
dissolved by entering bail to the action. Injunctions are dissolved by the