pulverize

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verb pul·ver·ize \ˈpəl-və-ˌrīz\

Definition of pulverize

pulverized

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pulverizing

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of pulverize

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


PULVERIZE Defined for English Language Learners

pulverize

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verb

Definition of pulverize for English Language Learners

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

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


PULVERIZE Defined for Kids

pulverize

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verb pul·ver·ize \ˈpəl-və-ˌrīz\

Definition of pulverize for Students

pulverized

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pulverizing

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


Medical Dictionary

pulverize

verb pul·ver·ize
variants: also British

pulverise

\ˈpəl-və-ˌrīz\play

Medical Definition of pulverize

pulverized

also British

pulverised

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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



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