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pulverize

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verb pul·ver·ize \ˈpəl-və-ˌrīz\

Simple Definition of pulverize

  • : to crush, beat, or grind (something) into powder or dust

  • : to destroy or defeat (someone or something) completely

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of pulverize

pulverizedpulverizing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to reduce (as by crushing, beating, or grinding) to very small particles :  atomize <pulverize rock>

  3. 2 :  annihilate, demolish

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become pulverized

pulverizable play \ˌpəl-və-ˈrī-zə-bəl\ adjective
pulverization play \ˌpəl-və-rə-ˈzā-shən, ˌpəlv-rə-\ noun
pulverizer play \ˈpəl-və-ˌrī-zər\ noun

Examples of pulverize in a sentence

  1. The mower pulverizes grass clippings.

  2. Bits of pulverized rock filled the air.



Origin of pulverize

Middle English, from Late Latin pulverizare, from Latin pulver-, pulvis dust, powder — more at powder


First Known Use: 15th century


PULVERIZE Defined for Kids

pulverize

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verb pul·ver·ize \ˈpəl-və-ˌrīz\

Definition of pulverize for Students

pulverizedpulverizing

  1. :  to beat or grind into a powder or dust




Medical Dictionary

pulverize

verb pul·ver·ize

Medical Definition of pulverize

pulverized also British pulverised; pulverizing also British pulverising

  1. transitive verb

  2. :  to reduce (as by crushing, beating, or grinding) to very small particles

  3. intransitive verb

  4. :  to become pulverized



Variants of pulverize

also British pulverise \ˈpəl-və-ˌrīz\play


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