A tablet dissolves in water.
- When sugar becomes absorbed into water, this is an example of when sugar dissolves into water.
- When a club breaks up and the members go their separate ways, this is an example of a time when the club dissolves.
- When you break down into tears, this is an example of a time when you dissolve into tears.
intransitive verb-·solved′, -·solv′ing
- to make or become liquid; liquefy; melt
- to merge with a liquid; pass or make pass into solution
- to break up; disunite; decompose; disintegrate
- to end by or as by breaking up; terminate
- to disappear or make disappear
- to combine or be combined in a lap dissolve
Origin of dissolveMiddle English dissolven from Classical Latin dissolvere, to loosen from dis-, apart + solvere, to loosen: see solve
dissolve in tears
verbdis·solved, dis·solv·ing, dis·solves
- a. To cause to pass into solution: dissolve salt in water.b. To reduce (solid matter) to liquid form; melt.c. To cause to lose definition; blend or blur: “Morality has finally been dissolved in pity” ( Leslie Fiedler )
- a. To cause to disappear or vanish; dispel: The sun dissolved the fog. That remark dissolved the tension in the room.b. To break into component parts; disintegrate: The deal dissolved the company into three separate businesses.c. To bring to an end, as by breaking up; terminate or annul: “General de Gaulle was returned to power … with a mandate to dissolve an overseas empire that had turned into a nightmare” ( Alison Jolly )d. To dismiss (an assembly such as a legislative body).
- To cause to be moved emotionally or upset.
- a. To pass into solution: Salt dissolves easily in water.b. To become liquid; melt: The clumps of snow dissolved into puddles.c. To lose definition; become blurred or indistinguishable: “The last shadows have dissolved into darkness” ( Daniel Blajan )
- a. To become disintegrated; disappear: The mist dissolves as the sun rises.b. To be broken up into separate parts: The empire dissolved into many separate countries.c. To be brought to an end; be annulled or terminated: After a long separation, the marriage finally dissolved.
- To be moved or overcome emotionally: I dissolved into helpless laughter.
- To make a transition between shots in a cinematic work using a superimposition in which the first shot fades out while the second shot gradually appears.
Origin of dissolveMiddle English dissolven from Latin dissolvere dis- dis- solvere to release ; see leu- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present dissolves, present participle dissolving, simple past and past participle dissolved)
- To terminate a union of multiple members actively, as by disbanding
- The ruling party or coalition sometimes dissolves parliament early when the polls are favorable, hoping to reconvene with a larger majority
- To destroy, make disappear
- To liquify, melt into a fluid
- (intransitive) To be melted, changed into a fluid
- (chemistry) To disintegrate chemically into a solution by immersion into a liquid or gas.
- (chemistry, intransitive) To be disintegrated by such immersion.
- To disperse, drive apart a group of persons.
- To break the continuity of; to disconnect; to loosen; to undo; to separate.
- (law) To annul; to rescind; to discharge or release.
- to dissolve an injunction
- (cinematography, intransitive) To shift from one shot to another by having the former fade out as the latter fades in.
- (intransitive) To resolve itself as by dissolution
- Bible, Daniel v. 16
- Make interpretations and dissolve doubts.
- To relax by pleasure; to make powerless.
Recorded since c.1374, from Latin dissolvere "to loosen up, break apart", itself from dis- "apart" + solvere "to loose, loosen"
dissolve - Computer Definition
A website design technique borrowed from the film and video industry in which the transition between two Web pages is represented visually by one page fading into another. Also known as a "soft cut," the result is achieved in the HTML coding of the images to gradual pre-determined durations. A dissolve might begin with 100% of one image, then 90/10, 80/20 and so on to achieve the desired effect. See slide transition.