Definitions for dissolvedɪˈzɒlv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dis•solvedɪˈzɒlv(v.; n.)-solved, -solv•ing

  1. (v.t.)to make a solution of, as by mixing with a liquid:

    to dissolve salt in water.

    Category: Chemistry

  2. to melt; liquefy.

    Category: Chemistry

  3. to undo or break (a tie, union, etc.).

  4. to break up or order the termination of (an assembly or organization); dismiss.

  5. to bring to an end; terminate.

  6. to separate into parts or elements; disintegrate.

  7. to deprive of force; abrogate or annul:

    to dissolve a marriage.

    Category: Law

  8. (v.i.)to become dissolved, as in a solvent.

    Category: Chemistry

  9. to become melted or liquefied.

    Category: Chemistry

  10. to disintegrate or disperse.

  11. to lose intensity or strength.

  12. to break down emotionally; lose one's composure.

  13. to fade out one on-screen image while simultaneously fading in the next, overlapping the two during the process.

    Category: Showbiz

  14. (n.)a transition from one on-screen image to the next made by dissolving.

    Category: Showbiz

Origin of dissolve:

1350–1400; < L dissolvere=dis-dis -1+solvere to solve


Princeton's WordNet

  1. dissolve(verb)

    (film) a gradual transition from one scene to the next; the next scene is gradually superimposed as the former scene fades out

  2. dissolve, fade out, fade away(verb)

    become weaker

    "The sound faded out"

  3. dissolve, resolve, break up(verb)

    cause to go into a solution

    "The recipe says that we should dissolve a cup of sugar in two cups of water"

  4. dissolve, break up(verb)

    come to an end

    "Their marriage dissolved"; "The tobacco monopoly broke up"

  5. disband, dissolve(verb)

    stop functioning or cohering as a unit

    "The political wing of the party dissolved after much internal fighting"

  6. dissolve(verb)

    cause to lose control emotionally

    "The news dissolved her into tears"

  7. dissolve(verb)

    lose control emotionally

    "She dissolved into tears when she heard that she had lost all her savings in the pyramid scheme"

  8. dissolve(verb)

    cause to fade away

    "dissolve a shot or a picture"

  9. dissolve(verb)

    pass into a solution

    "The sugar quickly dissolved in the coffee"

  10. dissolve, thaw, unfreeze, unthaw, dethaw, melt(verb)

    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"

  11. dissolve, break up(verb)

    bring the association of to an end or cause to break up

    "The decree officially dissolved the marriage"; "the judge dissolved the tobacco company"

  12. dissolve, dismiss(verb)

    declare void

    "The President dissolved the parliament and called for new elections"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. dissolve(verb)ɪˈzɒlv

    (of a solid substance) to become or make part of a liquid

    Dissolve the tablets in water.; Sugar will dissolve in hot water.

  2. dissolveɪˈzɒlv

    to end an official arrangement

    to dissolve parliament


  1. dissolve(Noun)

    A film punctuation in which there is a gradual transition from one scene to the next.

  2. dissolve(Verb)

    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

  3. dissolve(Verb)

    To destroy, make disappear

  4. dissolve(Verb)

    To liquify, melt into a fluid

  5. dissolve(Verb)

    To be melted, changed into a fluid

  6. dissolve(Verb)

    To disintegrate chemically into a solution by immersion into a liquid or gas.

  7. dissolve(Verb)

    To be disintegrated by such immersion.

  8. dissolve(Verb)

    To disperse, drive apart a group of persons.

  9. dissolve(Verb)

    To shift from one shot to another by having the former fade out as the latter fades in.

  10. dissolve(Verb)

    To resolve itself as by dissolution

  11. Origin: Recorded since c.1374, from dissolvere "to loosen up, break apart", itself from dis- "apart" + solvere "to loose, loosen"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dissolve(verb)

    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

  2. Dissolve(verb)

    to break the continuity of; to disconnect; to disunite; to sunder; to loosen; to undo; to separate

  3. Dissolve(verb)

    to convert into a liquid by means of heat, moisture, etc.,; to melt; to liquefy; to soften

  4. Dissolve(verb)

    to solve; to clear up; to resolve

  5. Dissolve(verb)

    to relax by pleasure; to make powerless

  6. Dissolve(verb)

    to annul; to rescind; to discharge or release; as, to dissolve an injunction

  7. Dissolve(verb)

    to waste away; to be dissipated; to be decomposed or broken up

  8. Dissolve(verb)

    to become fluid; to be melted; to be liquefied

  9. Dissolve(verb)

    to fade away; to fall to nothing; to lose power


  1. Dissolve

    In the post-production process of film editing and video editing, a dissolve is a gradual transition from one image to another. The terms fade-out and fade-in are used to describe a transition to and from a blank image. This is in contrast to a cut where there is no such transition. A dissolve overlaps two shots for the duration of the effect, usually at the end of one scene and the beginning of the next, but may be used in montage sequences also. Generally, but not always, the use of a dissolve is held to indicate that a period of time has passed between the two scenes.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'dissolve' in Verbs Frequency: #847

Translations for dissolve

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to (cause to) melt or break up, especially by putting in a liquid

He dissolved the pills in water; The pills dissolved easily in water.

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