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disintegration


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Disintegration  \Dis*in`te*gra"tion\,  n. 
  a  The  process  by  which  anything  is  disintegrated;  the 
  condition  of  anything  which  is  disintegrated. 
  Specifically 
  b  (Geol.)  The  wearing  away  or  falling  to  pieces  of  rocks  or 
  strata,  produced  by  atmospheric  action  frost,  ice,  etc 
 
  Society  had  need  of  further  disintegration  before 
  it  could  begin  to  reconstruct  itself  locally. 
  --Motley. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  disintegration 
  n  1:  in  a  decomposed  state  [syn:  {decomposition}] 
  2:  separation  into  component  parts  [syn:  {dissolution}] 
  3:  the  spontaneous  disintegration  of  a  radioactive  substance 
  along  with  the  emission  of  ionizing  radiation  [syn:  {decay}, 
  {radioactive  decay}] 
  4:  total  destruction;  "bomb  tests  resulted  in  the  annihilation 
  of  the  atoll"  [syn:  {annihilation}] 




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