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English Dictionary: dissolve by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. (film) a gradual transition from one scene to the next; the next scene is gradually superimposed as the former scene fades out
  1. become weaker; "The sound faded out" [syn: dissolve, fade out, fade away]
  2. cause to go into a solution; "The recipe says that we should dissolve a cup of sugar in two cups of water"
    Synonym(s): dissolve, resolve, break up
  3. come to an end; "Their marriage dissolved"; "The tobacco monopoly broke up"
    Synonym(s): dissolve, break up
  4. stop functioning or cohering as a unit; "The political wing of the party dissolved after much internal fighting"
    Synonym(s): disband, dissolve
  5. cause to lose control emotionally; "The news dissolved her into tears"
  6. lose control emotionally; "She dissolved into tears when she heard that she had lost all her savings in the pyramid scheme"
  7. cause to fade away; "dissolve a shot or a picture"
  8. pass into a solution; "The sugar quickly dissolved in the coffee"
  9. become or cause to become soft or liquid; "The sun melted the ice"; "the ice thawed"; "the ice cream melted"; "The heat melted the wax"; "The giant iceberg dissolved over the years during the global warming phase"; "dethaw the meat"
    Synonym(s): dissolve, thaw, unfreeze, unthaw, dethaw, melt
  10. bring the association of to an end or cause to break up; "The decree officially dissolved the marriage"; "the judge dissolved the tobacco company"
    Synonym(s): dissolve, break up
  11. declare void; "The President dissolved the parliament and called for new elections"
    Synonym(s): dissolve, dismiss
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Dissolve \Dis*solve"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dissolved}; p. pr. &
      vb. n. {Dissolving}.] [L. dissolvere, dissolutum; dis- +
      solvere to loose, free. See {Solve}, and cf. {Dissolute}.]
      1. To separate into competent parts; to disorganize; to break
            up; hence, to bring to an end by separating the parts,
            sundering a relation, etc.; to terminate; to destroy; to
            deprive of force; as, to dissolve a partnership; to
            dissolve Parliament.
                     Lest his ungoverned rage dissolve the life. --Shak.
      2. To break the continuity of; to disconnect; to disunite; to
            sunder; to loosen; to undo; to separate.
                     Nothing can dissolve us.                     --Shak.
                     Down fell the duke, his joints dissolved asunder.
                     For one people to dissolve the political bands which
                     have connected them with another.      --The
                                                                              Declaration of
      3. To convert into a liquid by means of heat, moisture,
            etc.,; to melt; to liquefy; to soften.
                     As if the world were all dissolved to tears. --Shak.
      4. To solve; to clear up; to resolve. [bd]Dissolved the
            mystery.[b8] --Tennyson.
                     Make interpretations and dissolve doubts. --Dan. v.
      5. To relax by pleasure; to make powerless.
                     Angels dissolved in hallelujahs lie.   --Dryden.
      6. (Law) To annul; to rescind; to discharge or release; as,
            to dissolve an injunction.
      Syn: See {Adjourn}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Dissolve \Dis*solve"\, v. i.
      1. To waste away; to be dissipated; to be decomposed or
            broken up.
      2. To become fluid; to be melted; to be liquefied.
                     A figure Trenched in ice, which with an hour's heat
                     Dissolves to water, and doth lose his form. --Shak.
      3. To fade away; to fall to nothing; to lose power.
                     The charm dissolves apace.                  --Shak.
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