disintegrate
verb Date: 1796 transitive verb 1. to break or decompose into constituent elements, parts, or small particles 2. to destroy the unity or integrity of intransitive verb 1. to break or separate into constituent elements or parts 2. to lose unity or integrity by or as if by breaking into parts 3. to undergo a change in composition <
an atomic nucleus that disintegrates because of radioactivity
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disintegration noundisintegrative adjectivedisintegrator noun

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  • Disintegrate — Dis*in te*grate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Disintegrated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Disintegrating}.] [L. dis + integratus, p. p. of integrare to renew, repair, fr. integer entire, whole. See {Integer}.] To separate into integrant parts; to reduce to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Disintegrate — Dis*in te*grate, v. i. To decompose into integrant parts; as, chalk rapidly disintegrates. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disintegrate — I verb break up, crumble, decay, decompose, diffuse, disband, disperse, dissolve, disunite, fall to pieces, fragment, shatter, split up II index break (separate), decay, degenerate, destroy ( …   Law dictionary

  • disintegrate — 1796, from DIS (Cf. dis ) do the opposite of + INTEGRATE (Cf. integrate). Related: Disintegrated; disintegrating …   Etymology dictionary

  • disintegrate — crumble, decompose, *decay, rot, putrefy, spoil Analogous words: deliquesce (see LIQUEFY): *scatter, disperse, dissipate: break down, resolve, *analyze, dissect Antonyms: integrate Contrasted words: articulate, concatenate (see INTEGRATE): fuse,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • disintegrate — [v] fall apart; reduce to pieces atomize, break apart, break down, break up, come apart, crumble, decay, decline, decompose, degenerate, deliquesce, descend, detach, dilapidate, disband, disconnect, disimprove, dismantle, disorganize, disperse,… …   New thesaurus

  • disintegrate — ► VERB 1) break up into small parts as a result of impact or decay. 2) lose strength or cohesion. DERIVATIVES disintegrative adjective disintegrator noun …   English terms dictionary

  • disintegrate — [dis in′tə grāt΄] vt., vi. disintegrated, disintegrating 1. to separate into parts or fragments; break up; disunite 2. to undergo or cause to undergo a nuclear transformation as a result of radioactive decay or a nuclear reaction SYN. DECAY… …   English World dictionary

  • disintegrate — 01. Her marriage [disintegrated] soon after she found out that her husband had gotten another woman pregnant. 02. Human nails and hair do not grow after death; they are simply the last part of the body to [disintegrate]. 03. The rocket ship… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • disintegrate — UK [dɪsˈɪntɪˌɡreɪt] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms disintegrate : present tense I/you/we/they disintegrate he/she/it disintegrates present participle disintegrating past tense disintegrated past participle disintegrated 1) to be completely… …   English dictionary

  • disintegrate — verb ADVERB ▪ completely ▪ The plane completely disintegrated on impact. ▪ quickly, rapidly ▪ slowly ▪ The social fabric of this country is slowly di …   Collocations dictionary

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