dissipation ‎(plural dissipations)

  1. The act of dissipating or dispersing; a state of dispersion or separation; dispersion; waste.
    • Francis Bacon
      without loss or dissipation of the matter
    • Sir M. Hale
      the famous dissipation of mankind
  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.
    • P. Henry
      to reclaim the spendthrift from his dissipation and extravagance
    • 1913, Robert Barr, chapter 4, Lord Stranleigh Abroad[1]:
      “… This is a surprise attack, and I’d no wish that the garrison, forewarned, should escape. I am sure, Lord Stranleigh, that he has been descanting on the distraction of the woods and the camp, or perhaps the metropolitan dissipation of Philadelphia, …”
  3. A trifle which wastes time or distracts attention.
    • Jonathan Swift
      Prevented from finishing them [the letters] a thousand avocations and dissipations.
  4. (physics) A loss of energy, usually as heat, from a dynamic system


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From dissiper +‎ -tion


dissipation f ‎(plural dissipations)

  1. clearing, dissipation, disappearance

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