AskDefine | Define dilute

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dilute adj : reduced in strength or concentration or quality or purity; "diluted alcohol"; "a dilute solution"; "dilute acetic acid" [syn: diluted] [ant: undiluted]


1 lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture; "cut bourbon" [syn: thin, thin out, reduce, cut]
2 corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance; often by replacing valuable ingredients with inferior ones; "adulterate liquor" [syn: adulterate, stretch, debase]

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dilutus, from diluere. See lave, and compare deluge.


  1. To add more of a solvent to a solution; especially to add more water.
  2. To weaken.


to add more of a solvent to a solution; especially to add more water
  • Finnish: laimentaa, ohentaa, jatkaa qualifier colloquial
  • German: verdünnen
  • Icelandic: þynna
  • Latin: diluere
to weaken
  • Finnish: heikentää
  • German: verwässern
  • Icelandic: veikja, þynna
  • Latin: hebetare, affligere, deminuere


  1. Having a low concentration.
    Clean the panel with a dilute, neutral cleaner.
  2. Weak.


having a low concentration
  • Finnish: laimea, laimennettu
  • Icelandic: þynntur, þynnt
  • Latin: dilutus, diluta, dilutum

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Extensive Definition

Dilute is an indie rock band from Fremont, California. They formed in 1996. Members are in/have been in Okay, 31Knots, Jacques Kopstein, Howard Hello, Crime in Choir, and Natural Dreamers.


  • Marty Anderson - guitar; vocals
  • Craig Colla - bass
  • Ian Pellicci - guitar
  • Jay Pellicci - drums


  • KFJC, Live From the Devil's Triangle, Vol. III CD
Track: Saving a Life (live from 2/21/2000)
  • Looking for the Perfect Glass; U.S. Pop Life Vol. 11 CD; California Post Punk
Track: Night Ascends and Descends the Confines of the City (segment of a joint improvisation featuring members of Rumah Sakit and Dilute from 2000)
  • If The Twenty-First Century Didn't Exist It Would Be Necessary To Invent It (5 Rue Christine
Track: Home Is Where You're Happy Track: MDLFS#4

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