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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).
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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
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(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)
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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
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, dissimilation
n. disasimilación, proceso destructivo.
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(13.) Sorkin, "The Invisible Community"; Sorkin, The Transformation of German Jewry; Volkov, "The Dynamics of Dissimilation."
(12) Also, their skin color, cultural dissimilation and the absence of nearby families and friends assured that the runaways would be unaided and could be easily recaptured.
As a side note on this discussion, while Cornelius credits Thomas Cable and Yakovlev for their work on the "principle of dissimilation" in Middle English meter, it is worth noting that Chris Golston has observed that linear asymmetry is a metrical principle even in the meter of Beowulf.
Academic language is, for her, a source of metaphorical play: "assimilation and dissimilation" govern the process of converting matter into more or less complex particles, but it is also a rhyming, gently ironic way of summing up the process of seasonal change.
There are many other phonological processes as well, like deletion, insertion, assimilation, dissimilation, etc.
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.
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.
This main movement's dissimilation is mainly from the state's symbols: It doesn't recognize the state's national holidays, and its representatives in the Knesset (United Torah Judaism) had kept from taking ministerial positions for years and acted as deputy minister with ministerial authorities until the High Court invalidated this practice.
Impaired protein dissimilation in the small intestine allows significant amounts of protein to reach the colon, selectively encouraging the growth of proteolytic bacteria.
Wang, "Identification and control of nonlinear systems by a dissimilation particle swarm optimization-based Elman neural network," Nonlinear Analysis: Real World Applications, vol.