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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dissipation  \Dis`si*pa"tion\,  n.  [L.  dissipatio:  cf  F. 
  dissipation.] 
  1.  The  act  of  dissipating  or  dispersing;  a  state  of 
  dispersion  or  separation;  dispersion;  waste. 
 
  Without  loss  or  dissipation  of  the  matter.  --Bacon. 
 
  The  famous  dissipation  of  mankind.  --Sir  M.  Hale. 
 
  2.  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. 
 
  To  reclaim  the  spendthrift  from  his  dissipation  and 
  extravagance.  --P.  Henry. 
 
  3.  A  trifle  which  wastes  time  or  distracts  attention. 
 
  Prevented  from  finishing  them  [the  letters]  a 
  thousand  avocations  and  dissipations.  --Swift. 
 
  {Dissipation  of  energy}.  Same  as  {Degradation  of  energy}, 
  under  {Degradation}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dissipation 
  n  1:  breaking  up  and  scattering  by  dispersion;  "the  dissipation 
  of  the  mist" 
  2:  dissolute  indulgence  in  sensual  pleasure  [syn:  {profligacy}, 
  {dissolution},  {licentiousness}] 
  3:  useless  or  profitless  activity;  using  or  expending  or 
  consuming  thoughtlessly  or  carelessly:  "if  the  effort 
  brings  no  compensating  gain  it  is  a  waste";  "mindless 
  dissipaton  of  natural  resources"  [syn:  {waste},  {wastefulness}] 




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