Definitions for dissipationˌdɪs əˈpeɪ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dis•si•pa•tionˌdɪs əˈpeɪ ʃən(n.)

  1. the act of dissipating.

  2. the state of being dissipated; dispersion; disintegration.

  3. a wasting by misuse:

    the dissipation of a fortune.

  4. amusement; diversion.

  5. dissolute way of living, esp. excessive drinking of liquor; intemperance.

  6. a process in which energy is used or lost without accomplishing useful work, as friction causing loss of mechanical energy.

    Category: Mechanics

Origin of dissipation:

1535–45; < L

Princeton's WordNet

  1. dissipation(noun)

    breaking up and scattering by dispersion

    "the dissipation of the mist"

  2. profligacy, dissipation, dissolution, licentiousness, looseness(noun)

    dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure

  3. waste, wastefulness, dissipation(noun)

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

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

Wiktionary

  1. dissipation(Noun)

    The act of dissipating or dispersing; a state of dispersion or separation; dispersion; waste.

  2. dissipation(Noun)

    A dissolute course of life, in which health, money, etc., are squandered in pursuit of pleasure; profuseness in vicious indulgence, as late hours, riotous living, etc.; dissoluteness.

  3. dissipation(Noun)

    A trifle which wastes time or distracts attention.

  4. dissipation(Noun)

    A loss of energy, usually as heat, from a dynamic system

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dissipation(noun)

    the act of dissipating or dispersing; a state of dispersion or separation; dispersion; waste

  2. Dissipation(noun)

    a dissolute course of life, in which health, money, etc., are squandered in pursuit of pleasure; profuseness in vicious indulgence, as late hours, riotous living, etc.; dissoluteness

  3. Dissipation(noun)

    a trifle which wastes time or distracts attention

Freebase

  1. Dissipation

    Dissipation is the result of irreversible processes that take place in inhomogeneous thermodynamic systems. A dissipative process is a process in which energy is transformed from some initial form to some final form; the capacity of the final form to do mechanical work is less than that of the initial form. For example, transfer of energy as heat is dissipative because it is a transfer of internal energy from a hotter body to a colder one. The second law of thermodynamics implies that this reduces the capacity of the combination of the two bodies to do mechanical work. Thermodynamic dissipative processes are essentially irreversible. They produce entropy at a finite rate. In a process in which the temperature is locally continuously defined, the local density of rate of entropy production times local temperature gives the local density of dissipated power. Important examples of irreversible processes are: ⁕Heat flow through a thermal resistance ⁕Fluid flow through a flow resistance ⁕Diffusion ⁕Chemical reactions ⁕Electrical current flow through an electrical resistance. The concept of dissipation was introduced in the field of thermodynamics by William Thomson in 1852.

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