atomize

verb
at·​om·​ize | \ ˈa-tə-ˌmīz How to pronounce atomize (audio) \
atomized; atomizing

Definition of atomize

transitive verb

1 : to treat as made up of many discrete units
2 : to reduce to minute particles or to a fine spray
3 : divide, fragment an atomized society also : to deprive of meaningful ties to others atomized individuals
4 : to subject to attack by nuclear weapons

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Other Words from atomize

atomization \ ˌa-​tə-​mə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce atomization (audio) \ noun

Examples of atomize in a Sentence

this medication for athlete's foot is atomized so that it can be sprayed on from an aerosol can
Recent Examples on the Web In this emergency situation, the fuel-dumping procedure did not occur at an optimal altitude that would have allowed the fuel to atomize properly. Alan Levin, Bloomberg.com, "Delta Jet Dumped Fuel Over L.A. Without Warning, FAA Says," 7 May 2020 Edmund, Gloucester’s scheming illegitimate son, is the most punishing role of all, a high-lying tenor part featuring music of atomizing intensity. Matthew Aucoin, The New York Review of Books, "Opera at the Edge," 7 Dec. 2019 This collapse in social capital left the American people isolated, atomized, and lonely. Tanner Greer, National Review, "Learning the Wrong Lessons from Reform Conservatism," 17 Mar. 2020 The advent of streaming atomized the entertainment and media ecosystem in a way that can suck for audiences. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "A 'Netflix for the 99 Percent' Enters the Streaming Wars," 3 Mar. 2020 In this case, federal officials said the fuel dumping procedure did not occur at the optimal altitude that would have allowed the fuel to atomize properly. Faith Karimi, CNN, "5 key questions (and answers) about the Delta flight that doused children in jet fuel in LA," 16 Jan. 2020 Had the plane been at 8,000 feet when the dump occurred, the fuel would never have hit the schools because it would be atomized after leaving the wings, said CNN aviation safety analyst David Soucie. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Community questions the effects of a Delta jet fuel dump on children's health," 18 Jan. 2020 Had the plane been at 8,000 feet when the dump occurred, the fuel would never have hit the schools because it would be atomized after leaving the wings, Soucie said. Faith Karimi, CNN, "5 key questions (and answers) about the Delta flight that doused children in jet fuel in LA," 16 Jan. 2020 As if each parent, at the same moment, will see our offspring atomized, our species’ clouds lifting off the globe, the huge, childless atom. Sharon Olds, The Atlantic, "8 Moons," 20 July 2019

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First Known Use of atomize

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of atomize was in 1865

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11 May 2020

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“Atomize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/atomize. Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for atomize

at·​om·​ize
variants: or British atomise \ ˈat-​ə-​ˌmīz How to pronounce atomise (audio) \
atomized or British atomised; atomizing or British atomising

Medical Definition of atomize

: to convert to minute particles or to a fine spray an atomized medicated powder

Other Words from atomize

atomization or British atomisation \ ˌat-​ə-​mə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce atomisation (audio) \ noun

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