vaporize

verb

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

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
vaporizable adjective
vaporization 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 But if vaporized in a fire, the chemical is highly corrosive to the eyes, skin and throat. Max Kim, Los Angeles Times, 28 June 2024 There’s the initial fireball itself, which can vaporize or burn everything in a wide radius. Allison Parshall, Scientific American, 13 June 2024 But when the nuke finally comes to Kansas, the devastation is immediate: Acres of crops are singed and poisoned, homes are leveled, a fifth-grade class is vaporized at school. Scottie Andrew, CNN, 9 June 2024 Hundreds of billions of dollars in stock market capitalization vaporized, crushing ventures that elevated meeting private wants over tracking party ideology. Zongyuan Zoe Liu, Foreign Affairs, 29 June 2023 See all Example Sentences for vaporize 

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Word History

Etymology

vapor entry 1 + -ize

First Known Use

1803, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of vaporize was in 1803

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Cite this Entry

“Vaporize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vaporize. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

vaporize

verb
va·​por·​ize ˈvā-pə-ˌrīz How to pronounce vaporize (audio)
vaporized; vaporizing
: to turn from a liquid or solid into vapor
vaporization noun

Medical Definition

vaporize

verb
va·​por·​ize
variants also British vaporise
vaporized also British vaporised; vaporizing also British vaporising

transitive verb

: to convert from a liquid or solid into a vapor
vaporized plaque in an artery with laser treatment
vaporizable adjective
also British vaporisable

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