vaporize

verb
va·​por·​ize | \ ˈvā-pə-ˌrīz How to pronounce vaporize (audio) \
vaporized; vaporizing

Definition of vaporize

transitive verb

1 : to convert (as by the application of heat or by spraying) into vapor
2 : to cause to become dissipated
3 : to destroy by or as if by converting into vapor a tank vaporized by a shell

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Other Words from vaporize

vaporizable \ ˈvā-​pə-​ˌrī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce vaporize (audio) \ adjective
vaporization \ ˌvā-​pər-​ə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce vaporize (audio) \ noun

Examples of vaporize in a Sentence

Heat is used to vaporize the liquid. Pressure causes the chemical to vaporize.
Recent Examples on the Web This scenario would require a close approach to the star but not so close as to vaporize all the water ice, which would be needed to supply the nongravitational acceleration detected in ‘Oumuamua. Scientific American, "Readers Respond to the October 2020 Issue," 26 Jan. 2021 Those who get their nicotine through devices that vaporize liquid containing the addictive stimulant also face a big price bump. oregonlive, "Thursday is the last day before new Oregon tobacco tax hikes cigarette prices $2 per pack," 31 Dec. 2020 Most other hardware will vaporize into a gas of aluminum and various other metals, perhaps oxidized. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Coverage of “wooden satellites” misses the point," 29 Dec. 2020 But Castro thought that in fulgurites, the lightning strike might vaporize any residual, internal moisture. Nikk Ogasa, Science | AAAS, "Fossilized lightning bolts reveal when ancient storms struck," 16 Dec. 2020 That expert, Paul Thornton, was a highway engineer who made a plan to basically vaporize the whale into small enough pieces to be washed away or consumed by birds. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "50 Years Ago Today, Oregon Blew Up a Dead Whale. With Dynamite. On Live TV.," 12 Nov. 2020 The most recent version — the Pax 3 — has the ability to vaporize cannabis concentrates (using an insert that costs an extra $50), extended battery life and a 10-year warranty. Los Angeles Times, "25 stoner-approved gifts cannabis enthusiasts will actually use," 30 Oct. 2020 Scientists who study other planets are interested in volatiles—molecules that vaporize easily. David W. Brown, The New Yorker, "How We Discovered Water on the Moon," 26 Oct. 2020 The heat from impactors such as micrometeorites could also melt some of the rocky surface and vaporize any water nearby. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Water on moon’s surface may be more abundant than once thought," 26 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of vaporize

1803, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for vaporize

vapor entry 1 + -ize

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The first known use of vaporize was in 1803

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3 Feb 2021

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“Vaporize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vaporize. Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for vaporize

vaporize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of vaporize

: to change into a vapor or to cause (something) to change into a vapor

vaporize

verb
va·​por·​ize | \ ˈvā-pə-ˌrīz How to pronounce vaporize (audio) \
vaporized; vaporizing

Kids Definition of vaporize

: to turn from a liquid or solid into vapor

Other Words from vaporize

vaporizer \ -​ˌrī-​zər \ noun

vaporize

verb
va·​por·​ize
variants: also British vaporise \ ˈvā-​pə-​ˌrīz How to pronounce vaporize (audio) \
vaporized also British vaporised; vaporizing also British vaporising

Medical Definition of vaporize

transitive verb

: to convert from a liquid or solid into a vapor vaporized plaque in an artery with laser treatment

Other Words from vaporize

vaporizable also British vaporisable \ -​ˌrī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce vaporize (audio) \ adjective

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