pul·​ver·​ize | \ˈpəl-və-ˌrīz \
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 \ adjective
pulverization \ˌpəl-​və-​rə-​ˈzā-​shən, ˌpəlv-​rə-​ \ noun
pulverizer \ˈpəl-​və-​ˌrī-​zər \ noun

Examples of pulverize in a Sentence

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

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Hyperinflation has pulverized incomes while putting ticket prices out of reach for many. Joshua Goodman, The Seattle Times, "Venezuelan fans endure sacrifices to ‘Play Ball’ amid crisis," 15 Oct. 2018 Or Minahasan congee from Manado in Sulawesi, a staggeringly large number of vegetables pulverized into a rice porridge. Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Love Letter to Nasi Goreng, Jakarta's Street Food Staple," 1 Oct. 2018 Mad respect for not becoming a tidal wave that pulverizes hard rocks into sand! Heather Havrilesky, The Cut, "‘My Mother Has Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer, and I’m Falling Apart’," 9 May 2018 The detonation was so violent the asphalt was pulverized into rocks and sand; a piece of the van was found across the river. New York Times, "Florence’s Answer to Mafia Violence: A Painting’s Loving Restoration," 25 May 2018 Meals are funneled towards the squid’s razor-sharp beak, which can julienne food into bite-size pieces that are subsequently pulverized and rammed down its throat by a toothy tongue-like organ. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "Operation Calamari: How the Smithsonian Got Its Giant Squids," 21 June 2018 The Japanese planned to pulverize an all-important airstrip, Henderson Field, land thousands of troops and destroy any U.S. ships that opposed them. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "How SF’s namesake ship survived a World War II ‘suicide’ mission," 9 June 2018 Start after start, Junis has left pitches out over the plate that opponents have pulverized for a majors-leading 24 home runs. Maria Torres, kansascity, "A career night from Francisco Lindor dooms Royals, Junis in loss to Indians," 2 July 2018 As both the Supreme Court and the Referee's Report pointed out, minimal investigation would've pulverized those lies. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "He let an embezzler of $7.9 million handle his law firm's books. What could go wrong? | Miami Herald," 9 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

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

: to destroy or defeat (someone or something) completely


pul·​ver·​ize | \ˈpəl-və-ˌrīz \
pulverized; pulverizing

Kids Definition of pulverize

: to beat or grind into a powder or dust


variants: also British pulverise \ˈpəl-​və-​ˌrīz \
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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