/dis'euh pay"sheuhn/, n.
1. the act of dissipating.
2. the state of being dissipated; dispersion; disintegration.
3. a wasting by misuse: the dissipation of a fortune.
4. mental distraction; amusement; diversion.
5. dissolute way of living, esp. excessive drinking of liquor; intemperance.
6. Physics, Mech. a process in which energy is used or lost without accomplishing useful work, as friction causing loss of mechanical energy.
[1535-45; < L dissipation- (s. of dissipatio), equiv. to dissipat(us) (see DISSIPATE) + -ion- -ION]

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