pulverize

verb
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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The Lions are 0-2 and had an ignominious start to the season in which they were pulverized by the Jets. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Belichick’s Former Assistants Have Been—Relatively—Successful Against Their Old Boss," 21 Sep. 2018 The Good: The famous NutriBullet Pro 900 Series blender pulverizes coffee beans into a velvety grind in 16 seconds flat and earns top scores for swirling soup ingredients into a creamy puree. Betty Gold, Good Housekeeping, "We Tried It: Magic Bullet's NutriBullet Blender," 22 Feb. 2015 The second coat is black beans, boiled, pulverized and then simmered with a crumble of toasted avocado leaves, which lend an almost menthol buzz. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "An Ex-Bodega Takes a Star Turn at Cienega Las Tlayudas de Oaxaca," 15 Mar. 2018 The details: This 12-piece blender pulverizes fruits, vegetables, and nuts for everything from smoothies to nut butters. Jessica Teich, USA TODAY, "20 products with a cult following on Amazon, and why they're worth it," 11 Apr. 2018 These areas didn’t vanish, but appear to have been pulverized, churned and thrust upward to rest atop giant mounds of earth 4 to 5 yards high. Ben Otto, WSJ, "Where the Earth Became a River: Indonesia Quake Liquefied Solid Ground," 5 Oct. 2018 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

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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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pulverize

verb

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

pulverize

verb
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

pulverize

verb
pul·​ver·​ize
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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