AskDefine | Define dissolve

Dictionary Definition

dissolve n : (film) a gradual transition from one scene to the next; the next scene is gradually superimposed as the former scene fades out


1 cause to go into a solution; "The recipe says that we should dissolve a cup of sugar in two cups of water" [syn: resolve, break up]
2 pass into a solution; "The sugar quickly dissolved in the coffee"
3 become weaker; "The sound faded out" [syn: fade out, fade away]
4 come to an end; "Their marriage dissolved"; "The tobacco monopoly broke up" [syn: break up]
5 stop functioning or cohering as a unit; "The political wing of the party dissolved after much internal fighting" [syn: disband]
6 cause to lose control emotionally; "The news dissolved her into tears"
7 lose control emotionally; "She dissolved into tears when she heard that she had lost all her savings in the pyramid scheme"
8 cause to fade away; "dissolve a shot or a picture"
9 become or cause to become soft or liquid; "The sun melted the ice"; "the ice thawed"; "the ice cream melted"; "The heat melted the wax"; "The giant iceberg dissolved over the years during the global warming phase"; "dethaw the meat" [syn: thaw, unfreeze, unthaw, dethaw, melt]
10 bring the association of to an end or cause to break up; "The decree officially dissolved the marriage"; "the judge dissolved the tobacco company" [syn: break up]
11 declare void; "The President dissolved the parliament and called for new elections" [syn: dismiss]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. To disintegrate by immersing it into a liquid.
  2. to disperse, to drive to parts (a group of persons).
  3. In the context of "cinematography": A shift from one shot to another by having the former fade out as the latter fades in.

Derived terms


to disintegrate by immersing it into a liquid
  • Czech: rozpustit
  • Finnish: liuottaa
  • German: auflösen
  • Polish: rozpuszczać
  • Portuguese: dissolver
  • Serbian:
    • Cyrillic: растворити се
    • Roman: rastvoriti se
  • Spanish: disolver
  • Swedish: lösa, lösa upp
to disperse
  • Czech: rozpustit
  • German: auflösen
  • Portuguese: dissolver
  • Serbian:
    • Cyrillic: распасти се
    • Roman: raspasti se

See also


  1. cinematography a film punctuation in which there is a gradual transition from one scene to the next


  • Italian: dissolvenza




Extensive Definition

Dissolution or dissolve may refer to:
dissolve in French: Dissolution
dissolve in Simple English: Dissolve

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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