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

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 The sphinx puppets a crouched, contorted warrior who has, apparently, just been made to pulverize his own head. Sophie Madeline Dess, The Atlantic, 10 Jan. 2022 If using a powerful blender, such as a Vitamix, do not turn it to the highest setting, as that will pulverize the seeds and cause the juice to be bitter. Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2021 The portly patriarch of paunch persevered to pulverize the Baron of Beardonkadonk in the final match of #FatBearWeek 2021. Naledi Ushe, PEOPLE.com, 7 Oct. 2021 Mix herbs, salt and garlic, put the spice mixture in a salt grinder or pulverize slightly in a mortar and pestle. Elizabeth Karmel, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 Jerry uses a sledgehammer to pulverize a pesky zombie and help pound a collapsed panel back into place. Richard Rys, Vulture, 19 Sep. 2021 State wildlife officials did not say how long the deer was stuck, but the struggle went on long enough to pulverize all the grass and dig a small rut at the spot. al, 16 Sep. 2021 In particular, Richard Nixon's administration (and later, in the '80s, Ronald Reagan's) did little to fuel mobility for the poor and did much to pulverize protections against discrimination. Brandon Tensley, CNN, 6 Aug. 2021 Blade grinders use a simple, quickly spinning blade to pulverize the beans, while burr grinders are essentially small grist mills that crush the beans between two revolving metal or ceramic surfaces. Leah Koenig, Forbes, 29 June 2021

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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 Jan 2022

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English Language Learners Definition of pulverize

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