Dissolve

Definition of Dissolve

Dis`solve´
v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Dissolved ; p. pr. & vb. n. Dissolving.]
Lest his ungoverned rage dissolve the life.
- Shak.
2.To break the continuity of; to disconnect; to disunite; to sunder; to loosen; to undo; to separate.
Nothing can dissolve us.
- Shak.
Down fell the duke, his joints dissolved asunder.
- Fairfax.
For one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another.
- The Declaration of Independence.
3.To convert into a liquid by means of heat, moisture, etc.,; to melt; to liquefy; to soften.
As if the world were all dissolved to tears.
- Shak.
4.To solve; to clear up; to resolve.
Make interpretations and dissolve doubts.
- Dan. v. 16.
5.To relax by pleasure; to make powerless.
6.(Law) To annul; to rescind; to discharge or release; as, to dissolve an injunction.
v. i.1.To waste away; to be dissipated; to be decomposed or broken up.
2.To become fluid; to be melted; to be liquefied.
A figure
Trenched in ice, which with an hour's heat
Dissolves to water, and doth lose his form.
- Shak.
3.To fade away; to fall to nothing; to lose power.
The charm dissolves apace.
- Shak.

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