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pulverize

verb pul·ver·ize \ˈpəl-və-ˌrīz\

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

: to destroy or defeat (someone or something) completely

pul·ver·izedpul·ver·iz·ing

Full Definition of PULVERIZE

transitive verb
1
:  to reduce (as by crushing, beating, or grinding) to very small particles :  atomize <pulverize rock>
intransitive verb
:  to become pulverized
pul·ver·iz·able \ˌpəl-və-ˈrī-zə-bəl\ adjective
pul·ver·i·za·tion \ˌpəl-və-rə-ˈzā-shən, ˌpəlv-rə-\ noun
pul·ver·iz·er \ˈpəl-və-ˌrī-zər\ noun
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Examples of PULVERIZE

  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

Related to PULVERIZE

PULVERIZED Defined for Kids

pulverize

verb pul·ver·ize \ˈpəl-və-ˌrīz\
pul·ver·izedpul·ver·iz·ing

Definition of PULVERIZE for Kids

:  to beat or grind into a powder or dust
Medical Dictionary

pulverize

verb pul·ver·ize
pul·ver·ized also British pul·ver·isedpul·ver·iz·ing also British pul·ver·is·ing

Medical Definition of PULVERIZE

transitive verb
:  to reduce (as by crushing, beating, or grinding) to very small particles
intransitive verb
:  to become pulverized

Variants of PULVERIZE

pul·ver·ize also British pul·ver·ise \ˈpəl-və-ˌrīz\

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