(Dis*solv`a*bil"i*ty) n. Capacity of being dissolved; solubility. Richardson.
(Dis*solv"a*ble) a. [From Dissolve, cf. Dissoluble.] Capable of being dissolved, or separated
into component parts; capable of being liquefied; soluble. Dis*solv"a*ble*ness, n.
Though everything which is compacted be in its own nature dissolvable.Cudworth.
Such things as are not dissolvable by the moisture of the tongue.Sir I. Newton.
(Dis*solv"a*tive) n. Having the power to dissolve anything; solvent. [Obs.] Frampton.
(Dis*solve") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dissolved ; p. pr. & vb. n. Dissolving.] [L. dissolvere, dissolutum;
dis- + solvere to loose, free. See Solve, and cf. Dissolute.]
1. To separate into competent parts; to disorganize; to break up; hence, to bring to an end by separating
the parts, sundering a relation, etc.; to terminate; to destroy; to deprive of force; as, to dissolve a partnership; to
Lest his ungoverned rage dissolve the life.Shak.
2. To break the continuity of; to disconnect; to disunite; to sunder; to loosen; to undo; to separate.
Nothing can dissolve us.Shak.
Down fell the duke, his joints dissolved asunder.Fairfax.
For one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another.The Declaration
3. To convert into a liquid by means of heat, moisture, etc.,; to melt; to liquefy; to soften.
As if the world were all dissolved to tears.Shak.
4. To solve; to clear up; to resolve. "Dissolved the mystery." Tennyson.
Make interpretations and dissolve doubts.Dan. v. 16.
5. To relax by pleasure; to make powerless.
Angels dissolved in hallelujahs lie.Dryden.
6. (Law) To annul; to rescind; to discharge or release; as, to dissolve an injunction.
Syn. See Adjourn.
(Dis*solve"), v. i.
1. To waste away; to be dissipated; to be decomposed or broken up.
2. To become fluid; to be melted; to be liquefied.
Trenched in ice, which with an hour's heat
Dissolves to water, and doth lose his form.
3. To fade away; to fall to nothing; to lose power.
The charm dissolves apace.Shak.