(ds`s*p"shn), n. [L. dissipatio: cf. F. dissipation.] 1. The act of dissipating or dispersing; a state of dispersion or separation; dispersion; waste.
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Without loss or dissipation of the matter.
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The famous dissipation of mankind.
Sir M. Hale.
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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.
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To reclaim the spendthrift from his dissipation and extravagance.
P. Henry.
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3. A trifle which wastes time or distracts attention.
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Prevented from finishing them [the letters] a thousand avocations and dissipations.
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Dissipation of energy. Same as Degradation of energy, under Degradation.
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