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 In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a blade, pulverize the strawberries into a powder. Jessica Battilana, SFChronicle.com, "3 simple yet visually striking cookies to make for holiday cheer in 2020," 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, "How to Make Progressivism Mean Something Again," 25 Sep. 2020 Use a food processor to finely chop the greens, but don’t pulverize them. Mary Bergin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pomeranian-style Oktoberfest brings some little-known flavors - and history," 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, "Making some dough: Meet 5 Dallas-area bakers going big with a bread business," 2 Sep. 2020 In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade, pulverize the strawberries into a powder. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "More must-bake cookies, from Twin Cities author Sarah Kieffer," 19 Aug. 2020 Light would have to pulverize untenably huge quantities of molecules to explain the excesses on its own, Dworkin says. Quanta Magazine, "Cosmic Rays May Explain Life’s Bias for Right-Handed DNA," 29 June 2020 That heat metamorphosed a surface layer of the asteroid, which was then pulverized and redistributed by small impact events. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Incredible video shows Hayabusa2 pogo-bouncing off asteroid," 7 May 2020 Just instructions to pulverize two or three ingredients in a food processor, pour said concoction into some sort of mold and shove ‘em in the freezer. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Cooking on Quarantine: Stick it to lockdown with homemade popsicles," 14 Apr. 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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12 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pulverize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pulverize. Accessed 17 Jan. 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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