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. [1913 Webster]

Lest his ungoverned rage dissolve the life. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To break the continuity of; to disconnect; to disunite; to sunder; to loosen; to undo; to separate. [1913 Webster]

Nothing can dissolve us. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Down fell the duke, his joints dissolved asunder. --Fairfax. [1913 Webster]

For one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another. --The Declaration of Independence. [1913 Webster]

3. To convert into a liquid by means of heat, moisture, etc.,; to melt; to liquefy; to soften. [1913 Webster]

As if the world were all dissolved to tears. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. To solve; to clear up; to resolve. ``Dissolved the mystery.'' --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

Make interpretations and dissolve doubts. --Dan. v. 16. [1913 Webster]

5. To relax by pleasure; to make powerless. [1913 Webster]

Angels dissolved in hallelujahs lie. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

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

Syn: See {Adjourn}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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