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

Examples of pulverize in a Sentence

The mower pulverizes grass clippings. Bits of pulverized rock filled the air.

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Colorado’s bullpen, pulverized by the Padres back home at Coors Field, got 2 ⅓ scoreless innings from Jairo Diaz and Carlos Estevez to close it out. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Antonio Senzatela, Charlie Blackmon lead Rockies past Diamondbacks," 18 June 2019 All of it was released into the air when the buildings were pulverized into dust. Noah Goldberg, The Seattle Times, "So many deaths from 9/11-related illnesses, victims’ fund may run out of money," 10 Sep. 2018 The 5-foot-9-inch dynamo finished 2-16—18, third in team scoring, and earned a place in Black and Gold lore with his clean, pulverizing hit on the Blues Robert Thomas in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, "Blues’ Stanley Cup blueprint: Don’t expect league to follow suit," 15 June 2019 The teaser trailer, released on Thursday, is definitely gnarly: a knight shrieks in agony as his mortal form is pulverized and a more monstrous one takes his place. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Baldur's Gate III officially announced with gruesome teaser trailer," 6 June 2019 Young stars generally have lots of energy, enough to pulverize an orbiting planet's atmosphere. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Why Aren't There More Habitable Planets? Blame Red Dwarfs," 25 Apr. 2019 And that doesn’t tell the whole story of their ability to pulverize baseballs into the stratosphere. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "The Most 2018 Team in Baseball: the A’s," 14 Aug. 2018 Instead of ending up in landfills or being pulverized, the materials become floors in a Southampton, N.Y., pool house, walls in high-end Washington, D.C., condos and the ceiling of an... Scott Calvert, WSJ, "Brick by Brick, Baltimore’s Blighted Houses Get a New Life," 5 Apr. 2019 These income shocks pulverize living standards and destroy the price system, leaving the economy and society in shambles. Stephen Kaplan, Washington Post, "Will Sunday’s elections bring economic relief and reform to Venezuela?," 17 May 2018

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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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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 pulverise (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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