verb (used with object), dis·solved, dis·solv·ing.
- to make a solution of, as by mixing with a liquid; pass into solution: to dissolve salt in water.
- to melt; liquefy: to dissolve sugar into syrup.
- to undo (a tie or bond); break up (a connection, union, etc.).
- to break up (an assembly or organization); dismiss; disperse.
- Government. to order the termination of (a parliament or other legislative body).
- to bring to an end; terminate; destroy: to dissolve one’s hopes.
- to separate into parts or elements; disintegrate.
- to destroy the binding power or influence of: to dissolve a spell.
- Law. to deprive of force; abrogate; annul: to dissolve a marriage.
verb (used without object), dis·solved, dis·solv·ing.
- to become dissolved, as in a solvent.
- to become melted or liquefied.
- to disintegrate, break up, or disperse.
- to lose force, intensity, or strength.
- to disappear gradually; fade away.
- to break down emotionally; lose one’s composure: The poor child dissolved in tears.
- Movies, Television. to fade out one shot or scene while simultaneously fading in the next, overlapping the two during the process.
- Also called lap dissolve, cross-dissolve. Movies, Television. a transition from one scene to the next made by dissolving.
- to go or cause to go into solutionsalt dissolves in water; water dissolves sugar
- to become or cause to become liquid; melt
- to disintegrate or disperse
- to come or bring to an end
- to dismiss (a meeting, parliament, etc) or (of a meeting, etc) to be dismissed
- to collapse or cause to collapse emotionallyto dissolve into tears
- to lose or cause to lose distinctness or clarity
- (tr) to terminate legally, as a marriage, etc
- (intr) films television to fade out one scene and replace with another to make two scenes merge imperceptibly (fast dissolve) or slowly overlap (slow dissolve) over a period of about three or four seconds
- films television a scene filmed or televised by dissolving
late 14c. (transitive and intransitive) “to break up” (of material substances), from Latin dissolvere “to loosen up, break apart,” from dis- “apart” (see dis-) + solvere “to loose, loosen” (see solve). Meaning “to disband” (an assembly) is early 15c. Related: Dissolved; dissolving.
- To pass or cause to pass into a solution, as salt in water.
- To become or cause to become liquid; melt.
- To cause to disintegrate or become disintegrated.
- To pass or cause to pass into solution.