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 vaporizable (audio) \ adjective
vaporization \ ˌvā-​pər-​ə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce vaporization (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 One concludes that those taking cover were not really burned or vaporized, but instead baked as if inside a stone oven, Robin George Andrews writes for Nat Geo. National Geographic, "Can the Super Bowl go green?," 29 Jan. 2020 Further Reading Extreme heat of Vesuvius eruption vaporized body fluids, exploded skulls The vast majority of the victims died of asphyxiation, choking to death on the thick clouds of noxious gas and ash. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "The Mount Vesuvius eruption was so hot, one man’s brain turned to glass.," 22 Jan. 2020 Fuel jettisoned higher than 5,000 to 6,000 feet will vaporize before hitting the ground, according to Boeing Co. Alan Levin, BostonGlobe.com, "Delta jet dumped fuel over LA without warning, FAA says," 15 Jan. 2020 The entire reindeer team will be vaporized within 4.26 thousandths of a second. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Redesigned Santa’s Sleigh for Hypersonic Speed," 23 Dec. 2019 There are only a tiny handful of studies in which someone tried to nebulize, or vaporize, vitamin E in experiments related to lung health. Cosby Stone, The Conversation, "Vitamin E and vaping injuries: What’s safe in your diet is rarely safe in your lungs," 22 Nov. 2019 Despite the name, the devices don't actually vaporize the liquid, but rather turn it into an aerosol. Jayne O'donnell, USA TODAY, "Vaping devices under scrutiny as lung illness outbreak continues to vex health officials," 23 Oct. 2019 Vaping devices like e-cigarettes vaporize materials including tobacco, nicotine, marijuana, THC (the active ingredient in pot) and essential oils so that users can inhale them. Jackie Pilossoph, chicagotribune.com, "Column: How do you talk to your kids about vaping when there’s so much we don’t know?," 11 Oct. 2019 Because of this, researchers had thought that immediately after death, the hot ash caused body fluids and tissue to vaporize rapidly, exposing the skeleton to direct burning. Colin Barras, Science | AAAS, "Studies reveal gruesome last moments of Pompeii volcano’s victims," 23 Jan. 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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13 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Vaporize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vaporize. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for vaporize

vaporize

verb
How to pronounce vaporize (audio)

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 vaporise (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 vaporisable (audio) \ adjective

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