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

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 Instead of traditional distillation, which involves boiling the mash to vaporize and collect the alcohol, Arcane uses vacuum distillation. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 20 July 2022 Over 11 days in late summer 1985, a group of scientists and graduate students gathered at Rice University in Houston to use a powerful laser to vaporize carbon and chill the atoms to near absolute zero. Brian Murphy,, 9 July 2022 Instead of firing a continuous beam, weapons would instead fire short but intense pulses rapid enough to vaporize the outer layer of any target. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, 23 May 2022 Which is hardly to say the music will vaporize: A CD release of both albums will follow just a week later, versus the previous month-long window that Evans fans used to have to wait for a wide release of the sets. Chris Willman, Variety, 22 Apr. 2022 The ensuing fireball would vaporize every person and every structure within a half-mile. Washington Post, 17 Apr. 2022 Pearce used a laser to vaporize the zircon, then analyzed its chemical composition. Simon Akam, The New Yorker, 15 Feb. 2022 The blast wave typically lasts longer than a conventional explosive and has the ability to vaporize people. Fox News, 1 Mar. 2022 Given the city’s population density, that would instantly vaporize tens of thousands of Americans, with indirect damage killing many more. Andrew Follett, National Review, 27 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for vaporize


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


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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