pulverize

verb pul·ver·ize \ ˈpəl-və-ˌrīz \

Definition of pulverize

pulverized; pulverizing
transitive verb
1 :to reduce (as by crushing, beating, or grinding) to very small particles :atomize
  • pulverize rock
intransitive verb
: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

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

verb pul·ver·ize \ ˈpəl-və-ˌrīz \

Definition of pulverize for Students

pulverized; pulverizing
:to beat or grind into a powder or dust

Medical Dictionary

pulverize

verb pul·ver·ize
variants: also British pulverise play \ˈpəl-və-ˌrīz\

medical Definition of pulverize

pulverized also British pulverised; pulverizing also British pulverising
transitive verb
:to reduce (as by crushing, beating, or grinding) to very small particles
intransitive verb
:to become pulverized


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