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.
Recent Examples on the Web 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 Objects frozen in glaciers are eventually pulverized inside the moving mass of ice. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 15 Apr. 2020 Then they are further pulverized through a variety of high-pressure techniques. Anahad O’connor, New York Times, "How ‘Fast Carbs’ May Undermine Your Health," 14 Apr. 2020 In France, the Sunday Mass on television is pulverizing all previous records with more than one million viewers. Itxu Díaz, National Review, "God Isn’t Dead After All," 11 Apr. 2020 Coal mining has pulverized eastern Kentucky’s land, poisoned its water, cracked the foundations of its buildings and killed its people. Washington Post, "Kentucky was devastated for decades by mountaintop removal. Now scientists have figured out a way to undo the damage — one tree at a time.," 13 Feb. 2020 The swollen anode can pulverize the nanoengineered silicon particles and rupture the protective barrier between the anode and the battery’s electrolyte, which ferries the lithium ions between the electrodes. Daniel Oberhaus, Wired, "Welcome to the Era of Supercharged Lithium-Silicon Batteries," 5 Feb. 2020 Mash with a fork or a masher into smaller chunks, avoid pulverizing them. Nik Sharma, SFChronicle.com, "A Brown Kitchen: Recipe for Batata Vadas With Dry Garlic Coconut Chutney," 4 Mar. 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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5 Jun 2020

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“Pulverize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pulverize. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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