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Definition to end a relationship or meeting; or to terminate a legal entity such as a corporation

or in chemistry:  the process in which one substance is dissolved in another; or the separation of a compound into its components by chemical action
  • It was my antagonist—it was Wilson, who then stood before me in the agonies of his dissolution.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  William Wilson
  • As for grammatical decay, it is not a sign of dissolution, but a sign of active life and constantly renewed strength.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • But even his tremendous will could not overcome the dissolution that assailed it.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • We are little flames poorly sheltered by frail walls against the storm of dissolution and madness, in which we flicker and sometimes almost go out.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • A New York Communist writer summed up the history of the clubs and made a motion for their dissolution.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • His eyes were bloodshot from lack of sleep, his breath short; the man responsible for the dissolution of Treadstone was exhausted.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • He had never sought the dissolution of the Soviet Union and never renounced his fundamental commitment to Marxism-Leninism.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • There seemed a purpose to its dissolution, as if it were directing them somehow....
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • 7:00—still breathing at long pauses; symptoms of immediate dissolution.
    Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • No one is getting what they want out of the caste dissolution, and they think we don't care."
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • A sense of impending dissolution, of loss and death, brought them back.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • In the Rostovs' staid old-fashioned house the dissolution of former conditions of life was but little noticeable.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • As for Jett and his men, they were a divided outfit, wearing toward dissolution, answering to the wildness of the time and place.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • Carter paused to let them imagine the dissolution of The Vigils.
    Robert Cormier  --  The Chocolate War
  • What dissolution of the soul you demanded in order to get through one day, what lies, bowings, scrapings, fluency and servility!
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • Rich men are, frequently, in these days, saved from this dissolution of their fortune by their ability to hire younger brains.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • Thou hast been my evil angel, and I will be thine—I will dog thee till the very instant of dissolution!
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • CHAPTER 38 A DISSOLUTION OF PARTNERSHIP I did not allow my resolution, with respect to the Parliamentary Debates, to cool.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Ten years, twenty, before dissolution begins to claim him.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • When Jaime had taken his leave of Lady Amerei, she had been weeping softly at the dissolution of her marriage whilst letting Lyle Crakehall console her.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows

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