pul·​ver·​ize | \ ˈpəl-və-ˌrīz How to pronounce pulverize (audio) \
pulverized; pulverizing

Definition of pulverize

transitive verb

1 : to reduce (as by crushing, beating, or grinding) to very small particles : atomize pulverize rock

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Other Words from pulverize

pulverizable \ ˌpəl-​və-​ˈrī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce pulverize (audio) \ adjective
pulverization \ ˌpəl-​və-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce pulverize (audio) , ˌpəlv-​rə-​ \ noun
pulverizer \ ˈpəl-​və-​ˌrī-​zər How to pronounce pulverize (audio) \ noun

Examples of pulverize in a Sentence

The mower pulverizes grass clippings. Bits of pulverized rock filled the air.
Recent Examples on the Web Israeli rockets then pulverize a building in Beit Lahia a few miles away, killing four children from one family in the process. Boaz Atzili, The Conversation, 18 May 2021 But this time, the effect has been to pulverize any sense of limits. Steve Chapman, chicagotribune.com, 30 Apr. 2021 The stainless steel blades are designed to pulverize through stems, skins, and seeds to give you a smooth, even texture every time. Sam Lauron, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Apr. 2021 Cormac has no problem calling in Catherine Fox to pulverize the blockage between Irene's kidney and bladder. Lincee Ray, EW.com, 2 Apr. 2021 In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade, pulverize the strawberries into a powder. Jessica Battilana, SFChronicle.com, 4 Dec. 2020 Leopold warned against the spread of industrial agriculture, with its capacity to pulverize the family farm communities of the state. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, 25 Sep. 2020 Use a food processor to finely chop the greens, but don’t pulverize them. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 22 Sep. 2020 Barton Springs crushes their germs with stone wheels, which pulverize but maintain the good oils of the wheat. Nick Rallo, Dallas News, 2 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of pulverize

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for pulverize

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

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23 May 2021

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“Pulverize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pulverize. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pulverize

technical : to crush, beat, or grind (something) into powder or dust
informal : to destroy or defeat (someone or something) completely


pul·​ver·​ize | \ ˈpəl-və-ˌrīz How to pronounce pulverize (audio) \
pulverized; pulverizing

Kids Definition of pulverize

: to beat or grind into a powder or dust


variants: also British pulverise \ ˈpəl-​və-​ˌrīz How to pronounce pulverize (audio) \
pulverized also British pulverised; pulverizing also British pulverising

Medical Definition of pulverize

transitive verb

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


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