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Any loss of energy, generally by conversion into heat; quantitatively, the rate at which this loss occurs. Also known as energy dissipation.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
See also Debauchery.Breitmann, Hans
lax indulger. [Am. Lit.: Hans Breitmann’s Ballads]
wasteful ne’er-do-well. [Br. Lit.: My Novel, Walsh Modern, 79]
leads selfish, shameless life. [Fr. Lit.: M. de Camors, Walsh Modern, 84]
Castlewood, Francis Esmond
wasteful bohemian; does not use his talents. [Br. Lit.: A Tale of Two Cities]
gambles away living. [Br. Lit.: Henry Esmond]
sybaritic king. [Fr. Lit.: Kings in Exile, Walsh Modern, 96]
Clavering, Sir Francis
dissipated, wasteful person. [Br. Lit.: Martin Chuzzlewit]
Dalgarno, Lord Malcolm of
dissipated gambling baronet. [Br. Lit.: Pendennis]
Fitzgerald, F. Scott
wasteful and ruinous; destroys several people. [Br. Lit.: Fortunes of Nigel]
(1896–1940) American novelist whose works reflect a life of dissipation. [Am. Lit.: NCE, 957]
Mite, Sir Matthew
citizens abandon God; give themselves up to luxury. [O.T.: Deuteronomy 32:15]
dissolute merchant; displays wealth ostentatiously. [Br. Lit.: The Nabob, Brewer Handbook, 713]
his extravagant bets ruin father’s wealth. [Gk. Lit.: The Clouds]
squanders share of money in reckless living. [N.T.: Luke 15:13]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.