Online English learning Courses
    courses   dictionary
Double-click any word on the page to look it up in the dictionary.

Audio English.org » Dictionary » D » Dissimulate ... Distinguishing

DISSIPATION

Pronunciation (US): 

 Dictionary entry overview: What does dissipation mean? 

DISSIPATION (noun)
  The noun DISSIPATION has 3 senses:

1. breaking up and scattering by dispersion
2. dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure
3. useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly

  Familiarity information: DISSIPATION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DISSIPATION (noun)


Sense 1dissipation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Breaking up and scattering by dispersion

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Context example:

the dissipation of the mist

Hypernyms ("dissipation" is a kind of...):

dispersion; scattering (spreading widely or driving off)


Sense 2dissipation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

dissipation; licentiousness; profligacy; dissolution; looseness

Hypernyms ("dissipation" is a kind of...):

intemperance; intemperateness; self-indulgence (excess in action and immoderate indulgence of bodily appetites, especially in passion or indulgence)


Sense 3dissipation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

waste; wastefulness; dissipation

Context examples:

if the effort brings no compensating gain it is a waste / mindless dissipation of natural resources

Hypernyms ("dissipation" is a kind of...):

activity (any specific behavior)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "dissipation"):

boondoggle (work of little or no value done merely to look busy)

waste of effort; waste of energy (a useless effort)

waste of material (a useless consumption of material)

waste of money (money spent for inadequate return)

waste of time (the devotion of time to a useless activity)

extravagance; high life; highlife; lavishness; prodigality (excessive spending)

squandering (spending resources lavishly and wastefully)


 Learn English with... Proverbs of the week 
"Measure twice, cut once." (English proverb)

"A danger foreseen is half-avoided." (Native American proverb, Cheyenne)

"For every glance behind us, we have to look twice to the future." (Arabic proverb)

"Fire burns where it strikes." (Cypriot proverb)

 DISSIPATION: related words searches 

Page delivered in 0.0432 seconds