What does the word dilution mean?

Usage examples for dilution

  1. Thus in various kinds of Mammals and Birds we have white and black, red or yellow, chocolate with various degrees of dilution, and piebald combinations. – Hormones and Heredity by J. T. Cunningham
  2. A cane rich in wood fiber produces more bagasse than a poor one and a thicker juice is subject to a higher degree of dilution than one not so rich. – Steam, Its Generation and Use by Babcock & Wilcox Co.