Hypertext Webster Gateway: "dissolving"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Dissolve \Dis*solve"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dissolved}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Dissolving}.] [L. dissolvere, dissolutum; dis- +
solvere to loose, free. See {Solve}, and cf. {Dissolute}.]
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.

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.

For one people to dissolve the political bands which
have connected them with another. --The
Declaration of

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. ``Dissolved the
mystery.'' --Tennyson.

Make interpretations and dissolve doubts. --Dan. v.

5. To relax by pleasure; to make powerless.

Angels dissolved in hallelujahs lie. --Dryden.

6. (Law) To annul; to rescind; to discharge or release; as,
to dissolve an injunction.

Syn: See {Adjourn}.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Dissolving \Dis*solv"ing\, a.
Melting; breaking up; vanishing. -- {Dis*solv"ing*ly}, adv.

{Dissolving view}, a picture which grows dim and is gradually
replaced by another on the same field; -- an effect
produced by magic lanterns.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj : causing to dissolve; "the dissolving medium is called the
n : the process of going into solution; "the dissolving of salt
in water" [syn: {dissolution}]

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