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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Dis·solve v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dissolved p. pr. & vb. n. Dissolving.]
 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 dissolve Parliament.
    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 of Independence.
 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.”
    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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Dis·solv·ing, a. Melting; breaking up; vanishing. -- Dis*solv*ing*ly, adv.
 Dissolving view, a picture which grows dim and is gradually replaced by another on the same field; -- an effect produced by magic lanterns.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj : causing to dissolve; "the dissolving medium is called the
      n : the process of going into solution; "the dissolving of salt
          in water" [syn: dissolution]