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1. The act or process of making or becoming dissimilar.
2. Linguistics The process by which one of two similar or identical sounds in a word becomes less like the other, such as the l in English marble (from French marbre).


1. the act or an instance of making dissimilar
2. (Phonetics & Phonology) phonetics the alteration or omission of a consonant as a result of being dissimilated
3. (Biochemistry) biology a less common word for catabolism


(dɪˌsɪm əˈleɪ ʃən)

1. the act of making or becoming unlike.
2. the process by which a speech sound becomes different from a neighboring sound, as in purple from Old English purpure, or disappears because of an identical sound nearby, as in the pronunciation of governor as (ˈgʌv ə nər) instead of (ˈgʌv ər nər)
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.dissimilation - a linguistic process by which one of two similar sounds in a word becomes less like the other; "the Old French MARBRE became the English MARBLE by dissimilation"
linguistic process - a process involved in human language
2.dissimilation - breakdown in living organisms of more complex substances into simpler ones together with release of energy
metabolic process, metabolism - the organic processes (in a cell or organism) that are necessary for life
biological process, organic process - a process occurring in living organisms


, dissimilation
n. disasimilación, proceso destructivo.
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Tenders are invited for Day to day cleaning/ sweeping of roads/footpaths and surrounding dissimilation area by mechanized equipement at Community Centre, Karkardooma, 100 MIG/100 LIG houses at New R- Block, Dilshad Garden and LNDC, in houses keeping of DDAoffice building at plot No.
Proponents of the etymology refer to a dissimilation *rr > rn, citing as possible parallels Arabic ourrulah- with byforms oularnuh- 'Spanish fly' (Lane 960; see also BK768), Arabic harrub- 'carob' with a byform hurnub- (Lane 716-17; BK 553), Arabic burnus- 'a garment' (Lane 196; BK 118) allegedly related to bulirs- 'cotton' (BK 110), and Arabic firnas- 'strong and courageous; lion' (Lane 2368; BK 587) from faris'lion', but normally 'horseman' (Lane 2368; BK 568-69).
There are many other phonological processes as well, like deletion, insertion, assimilation, dissimilation, etc.
The post-war Hungarian political elites responding to the trauma of defeat gave up the former, pre-war nation building strategy based on assimilation: it was replaced by dissimilation and ethnicity-protection including a flirtation with anti-Semitism which had been elbowed off from politics by the pre-war liberal minded political elites.
te 'this', [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] 'day', -he- temporal suffix, [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] adjectival suffix), the word-initial [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] is the result of dissimilation.
When it comes to the more productive trends, croswind exhibits the dissimilation tendency mentioned above: initially, this borrowing had undergone partial assimilation which manifested itself in the loss of the double consonant, a phenomenon relatively frequent in assimilated borrowings, cf.
2]S by dissimilation of sulphur containing amino acids like cystine and methionine.
Here, too, Lerner argues convincingly that the history of the department store was not only a case of German-Jewish elites' assimilation, but also an aspiration for dissimilation as exemplified by Zionism in the life and work of Salman Schocken.
By analysing the role of facilitative innovations and system-building for the development and dissimilation of new technologies from the Social Construction of Technology viewpoint, he highlights important issues that will appear in all sorts of technological assessments and deliberations about policy choice.
It is not entirely contradictory with the idea of some immigrant specialists as an initial stimulus, but it insists more on a dissimilation process, for example, a social particularisation of metallurgists taking place within the society of the ancestors of the present-day Rmet and lasting even after iron stopped being smelted there.
It would be surprising, therefore, if camber were exclusively English, as OED suggests; moreover, Young gives a form without the dissimilation found in English camber.