What does dissolve mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dissolveverb

    (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 awayverb

    become weaker

    "The sound faded out"

  3. dissolve, resolve, break upverb

    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 upverb

    come to an end

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

  5. disband, dissolveverb

    stop functioning or cohering as a unit

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

  6. dissolveverb

    cause to lose control emotionally

    "The news dissolved her into tears"

  7. dissolveverb

    lose control emotionally

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

  8. dissolveverb

    cause to fade away

    "dissolve a shot or a picture"

  9. dissolveverb

    pass into a solution

    "The sugar quickly dissolved in the coffee"

  10. dissolve, thaw, unfreeze, unthaw, dethaw, meltverb

    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 upverb

    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, dismissverb

    declare void

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


  1. dissolvenoun

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

  2. dissolveverb

    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. dissolveverb

    To destroy, make disappear

  4. dissolveverb

    To liquify, melt into a fluid

  5. dissolveverb

    To be melted, changed into a fluid

  6. dissolveverb

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

  7. dissolveverb

    To be disintegrated by such immersion.

  8. dissolveverb

    To disperse, drive apart a group of persons.

  9. dissolveverb

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

  10. dissolveverb

    To resolve itself as by dissolution

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To DISSOLVEverb

    Etymology: dissolvo, Latin.

    The whole terrestrial globe was taken all to pieces, and dissolved at the deluge. John Woodward, Nat. Hist. Preface.

    Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be. 2 Pet. iii. 11.

    Witness these ancient empires of the earth,
    In height of all their flowing wealth dissolv’d. John Milton, P. Lost.

    The commons live, by no divisions rent;
    But the great monarch’s death dissolves the government. Dry.

    She and I long since contracted,
    Are now so sure that nothing can dissolve us. William Shakespeare.

    By the king’s authority alone, and by his writs, parliaments are assembled; and by him alone they are prorogued and dissolved, but each house may adjourn itself. Francis Bacon, to Villiers.

    And I have heard of thee, that thou can’st make interpretations and dissolve doubts. Dan. v. 16.

    Highly it concerns his glory now
    To frustrate and dissolve the magick spells. John Milton, Agonist.

    Angels dissolv’d in hallelujahs lye. Dryden.

  2. To Dissolveverb

    As wax dissolves, as ice begins to run
    And trickle into drops before the sun,
    So melts the youth, and languishes away. Joseph Addison, Ovid. Met.

    If there be more, more woful, hold it in;
    For I am almost ready to dissolve,
    Hearing of this. William Shakespeare, King Lear.


  1. dissolve

    Dissolve refers to the process by which a solid, liquid, or gaseous substance forms a solution in a solvent, typically liquid. It involves the breaking down of the substance into individual molecules or ions and their uniform distribution within the solvent. In a broader context, dissolve can also mean to end or cease to exist, such as in the dissolution of a partnership or organization.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dissolveverb

    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. Dissolveverb

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

  3. Dissolveverb

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

  4. Dissolveverb

    to solve; to clear up; to resolve

  5. Dissolveverb

    to relax by pleasure; to make powerless

  6. Dissolveverb

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

  7. Dissolveverb

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

  8. Dissolveverb

    to become fluid; to be melted; to be liquefied

  9. Dissolveverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dissolve

    di-zolv′, v.t. to loose asunder: to separate or break up: to put an end to (as a parliament): to melt: to destroy, as by fire: (arch.) to resolve, as doubts.—v.i. to break up: to waste away: to crumble: to melt.—adj. Diss′olūte, loose, esp. in morals: lewd: licentious.—adv. Diss′olūtely.—ns. Diss′olūteness; Dissolū′tion, the breaking up of an assembly: change from a solid to a liquid state: a melting: separation of a body into its original elements: decomposition: destruction: death; Dissolū′tionism; Dissolū′tionist.—ns. Dissolvabil′ity, Dissolv′ableness.—adjs. Dissolv′able, Dissolv′ible, capable of being dissolved or melted.—n. and adj. Dissolv′ent, a solvent having the power to melt. [L. dissolvĕre, -solutumdis, asunder, solvĕre, solūtum, to loose.]

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dissolve in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dissolve in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of dissolve in a Sentence

  1. Deputy Prime Minister Choi Kyung-hwan:

    We will bring together all our health-related capabilities now and work to dissolve anxiety and concerns quickly.

  2. Ramana Pemmaraju:

    The whole point of getting engrossed in something that interests you, is that you dissolve into it, the more the intensity...the more you become vapor - you dissolve. In fact, there is no you to judge, to see... only emptiness within, that is the whole purpose of life... at least my life!”

  3. Mickey Mehta:

    Let's pray to the elements like children again. Oh earth, as all grows out of you...let me grow too, oh sky, I too wish to rise high...oh water, let me go...with the flow, oh fire, let me evolve and dissolve all desires...oh air, bring me all blessings from this universe to share...oh ether, please raise my spiritual meter! Let our prayers be revolutionized, get MickeyMized.

  4. Gerald G. Jampolsky:

    The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.

  5. Pablo Picasso:

    Everything is a miracle. It is a miracle that one does not dissolve in one's bath like a lump of sugar.

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Translations for dissolve

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  • разтварям се, разпускам, разтварямBulgarian
  • rozpustitCzech
  • auflösenGerman
  • disolverSpanish
  • liueta, hajota, hajautua, purkaa, hajottaa, ristikuva, liuottaaFinnish
  • dissoudreFrench
  • díscaoil, scaoilIrish
  • leaghScottish Gaelic
  • feloldódik, feloszlat, oszlat, feloldHungarian
  • լուծելArmenian
  • dissolvenzaItalian
  • 溶かす, 廃止, 溶く, 解散, 溶けるJapanese
  • verdampen, oplossen, ontbinden, uiteendrijven, fade-outDutch
  • rozpuszczać, rozwiązywaćPolish
  • dissolverPortuguese
  • растворить, распуститься, раствориться, распадаться, растворяться, растворять, распасться, распускаться, распускать, распуститьRussian
  • растворити, raspasti, rastvoriti, распастиSerbo-Croatian
  • skingra, lösa, lösa uppSwedish

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