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.
Recent Examples on the Web Russian and regime fighter jets then pulverized remaining rebel positions to force a withdrawal, sending a wave of fear through civilians trapped in the province. Arwa Damon, CNN, "Trump launched airstrikes after this town was gassed in 2017. Now Assad's military is moving in," 23 Aug. 2019 Garcia turns them into crumbs (smash them or pulverize in a food processor) and adds them to the batter. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Decadent French toast recipes from Breakfast Republic’s chef," 13 Aug. 2019 Likewise, grind or pulverize seeds, dried flowers, peppercorns and other spices. Kara Elder, Washington Post, "There’s a world of cured fish beyond lox. Here’s what to try and how to make it.," 2 Aug. 2019 This is a much better team than the one that got pulverized by Oklahoma and Ohio State the past two years. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "5 burning questions, prediction with a Tulane writer," 6 Sep. 2019 Still reeling from being pulverized Saturday night by Oklahoma State, Oregon State’s defense faces a fresh challenge Saturday at Hawaii. oregonlive, "Oregon, Oregon State and Portland State all lost, but PSU had the weekend’s best performance: Issues & Answers," 2 Sep. 2019 Likewise, grind or pulverize seeds, dried flowers, peppercorns and other spices. Kara Elder, Twin Cities, "There’s a world of cured fish beyond lox. Here’s what to try and how to make it.," 9 Aug. 2019 His forces clashed with pro-government militias, killing scores of civilians and pulverizing neighborhoods. Washington Post, "He once attacked Tripoli. Now a Libyan militia leader defends it from another invader.," 20 July 2019 Those sounds were loud and bone penetrating at first, but soon transitioned to pulverizing shockwaves from countless billions of explosions taking place in each of the five most powerful rocket engines ever created by man. John D'anna, azcentral, "A young engineer trainee found himself at the Apollo 11 launch with Barry Goldwater," 16 July 2019

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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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24 Oct 2019

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The first known use of pulverize was in the 15th century

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More Definitions for pulverize

pulverize

verb
How to pronounce pulverize (audio)

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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