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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"


  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.

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


    Find your I first and then dissolve in it!

  2. Waiter Rant, Waiter Rant weblog, 06-21-05:

    Angels dancing on the head of a pin dissolve into nothingness at the bedside of a dying child.

  3. Guy Hayward-Cole:

    Smart investors are thinking hang on a second, UK Inc isn't just going to dissolve and shut up shop.

  4. Pablo Picasso:

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

  5. Jaimie Fuller:

    We believe they need to dissolve it, and by 'they' I mean the Swiss government, they have the power to do so.

Images & Illustrations of dissolve

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  • разтварям, разпускам, разтварям сеBulgarian
  • rozpustitCzech
  • auflösenGerman
  • disolverSpanish
  • ristikuva, hajottaa, hajota, liuottaa, hajautua, purkaa, liuetaFinnish
  • dissoudreFrench
  • díscaoil, scaoilIrish
  • leaghScottish Gaelic
  • feloldódik, felold, oszlat, feloszlatHungarian
  • լուծելArmenian
  • dissolvenzaItalian
  • 溶ける, 解散, 溶かす, 廃止, 溶くJapanese
  • fade-out, oplossen, verdampen, ontbinden, uiteendrijvenDutch
  • rozpuszczać, rozwiązywaćPolish
  • dissolverPortuguese
  • распустить, распускать, распускаться, раствориться, распасться, растворять, растворяться, распадаться, растворить, распуститьсяRussian
  • rastvoriti, распасти, raspasti, растворитиSerbo-Croatian
  • lösa, skingra, lösa uppSwedish

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