Dissipation is the act of breaking up and scattering or spreading widely. With the dissipation of the clouds, you could enjoy the sunny afternoon — if only you didn't have to work.

Dissipation also refers to wasteful or thoughtless spending or activity. Your habit of taking old clothes and appliances to the dump instead of donating them to charities is a kind of dissipation. Dissipation can also mean a life of indulgence, in which health and wealth are squandered in the pursuit of pleasure. Your uncle's life of dissipation, throwing money at wine and women, will ultimately only bring heartache.

Primary Meanings of dissipation

breaking up and scattering by dispersion
dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure
Full Definitions of dissipation

n breaking up and scattering by dispersion

“the dissipation of the mist”
Type of:
dispersion, scattering
spreading widely or driving off

n dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure

dissolution, licentiousness, looseness, profligacy
Type of:
intemperance, intemperateness, self-indulgence
excess in action and immoderate indulgence of bodily appetites, especially in passion or indulgence

n useless or profitless activity; using or expending or consuming thoughtlessly or carelessly

“mindless dissipation of natural resources”
waste, wastefulness
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work of little or no value done merely to look busy
waste of effort, waste of energy
a useless effort
waste of material
a useless consumption of material
waste of money
money spent for inadequate return
waste of time
the devotion of time to a useless activity
extravagance, high life, highlife, lavishness, prodigality
excessive spending
spending resources lavishly and wastefully
prodigious squandering (usually by a government)
Type of:
any specific behavior

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