AskDefine | Define disintegrate

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disintegrate

Verb

1 break into parts or components or lose cohesion or unity; "The material disintegrated"; "the group disintegrated after the leader died" [ant: integrate]
2 cause to undergo fission or lose particles
3 lose a stored charge, magnetic flux, or current; "the particles disintegrated during the nuclear fission process" [syn: decay, decompose]

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English

Etymology

From dis- + integrate.

Verb

  1. (to cause) to break up into parts (often when reacting with a liquid)

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Extensive Definition

Disintegration is the process by which an object breaks down or loses cohesion. Disintegration or Disintegrate may also refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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