Definitions of dissipation

  1. useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly; "if the effort brings no compensating gain it is a waste"; "mindless dissipation of natural resources" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. The act of dissipating or dispersing; a state of dispersion or separation; dispersion; waste. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A dissolute course of life, in which health, money, etc., are squandered in pursuit of pleasure; profuseness in vicious indulgence, as late hours, riotous living, etc.; dissoluteness. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A trifle which wastes time or distracts attention. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The act of scattering; state of being scattered or wasted; excess; intemperate living. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. Dispersion: state of being dispersed: scattered attention: a dissolute course of life. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. Dispersion; dissolute course of life. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. The act of dissipating; excess; indulgence in vicious pleasures. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

Usage examples for dissipation

  1. Disgusted with the manner in which I had been treated, I plunged into a whirl of dissipation trying to drown the memory of my married life. – The Mystery of a Hansom Cab by Fergus Hume
  2. Both disappointed and relieved, I turned away, for the picture of low dissipation was not attractive. – The Young Forester by Zane Grey