DISSOLVE, v.t. dizzolv. L., to loose, to free.
1. To melt; to liquefy; to convert from a solid or fixed state to a fluid state, by means of heat or moisture.
To desolve by heat, is to loosen the parts of a solid body and render them fluid or easily movable. Thus ice is converted into water by dissolution.
To dissolve in a liquid, is to separate the parts of a solid substance, and cause them to mix with the fluid; or to reduce a solid substance into minute parts which may be sustained in that fluid. Thus water dissolves salt and sugar.
2. To disunite; to break; to separate.
Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness? 2 Peter 3.
3. To loose; to disunite.
Down fell the duke, his joints dissolved.
4. To loose the ties or bonds of any thing; to destroy an connected system; as, to dissolve a government; to dissolve a corporation.
5. To loose; to break; as, to dissolve a league; to dissolve the bonds of friendship.
6. To break up; to cause to separate; to put an end to; as, to dissolve the parliament; to dissolve an assembly.
7. To clear; to solve; to remove; to dissipate, or to explain; as, to dissolve doubts. We usually say, to solve doubts and difficulties.
8. To break; to destroy; as, to dissolve a charm, spell or enchantment.
9. To loosen or relax; to make languid; as dissolved in pleasure.
10. To waste away; to consume; to cause to vanish or perish.
Thou dissolvest my substance. Job 30.
11. To annul; to rescind; as, to dissolve an injunction.
DISSOLVE, v.i. dizzolv.
1. To be melted; to be converted from a solid to a fluid state; as, sugar dissolves in water.
2. To sink away; to lose strength and firmness.
3. To melt away in pleasure; to become soft or languid.
4. To fall asunder; to crumble; to be broken. A government may dissolve by its own weight or extent.
5. To waste away; to perish; to be decomposed. Flesh dissolves by putrefaction.
6. To come to an end by a separation of parts.