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; resolution.

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. Blackstone.

5.

The extinction of life in the human body; separation of the soul from the body; death.

We expected Immediate dissolution. Milton.

6.

The state of being dissolved, or of undergoing liquefaction.

A man of continual dissolution and thaw. Shak.

7.

The new product formed by dissolving a body; a solution.

Bacon.

8.

Destruction of anything by the separation of its parts; ruin.

To make a present dissolution of the world. Hooker.

9.

Corruption of morals; dissipation; dissoluteness.

[Obs. or R.]

Atterbury.

 

© Webster 1913.

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