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 Beyond business and market disruption, however, COVID-19 is also impacting election schedules, while geopolitical tensions haven’t vaporized just because the virus is sucking up all the attention. Rosalind Mathieson, Bloomberg.com, "Politics on Hold: What’s On and What’s Off Due to Coronavirus," 10 May 2020 As the Covid-19 pandemic vaporizes global oil demand, producers are running out of places to keep their oil. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, "The world is running out of space to keep oil. Where will it go?," 3 May 2020 Almost overnight, the income from tours, festivals, and live performances has vaporized, which, in the age of streaming, means that a vital portion of the average musician’s yearly income has also disappeared. Nathan Taylor Pemberton, The New Yorker, "A Moment to Rethink How We Support Music," 2 Apr. 2020 The problem with this theory is that an impact of that magnitude would have vaporized the ice on Uranus' moons, leaving an orbit filled with rocky husks, for which there is no evidence. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "How an Ancient Ring System Might've Made Uranus a Bit Tipsy," 16 Mar. 2020 For most other products vaporized by pandemic demand, supplies are bouncing back. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Has Reminded Americans They Are Capable of Baking," 12 May 2020 There may be a shred or two left clinging, but 99 percent of it is vaporized by the air rushing up the barrel ahead of the bullet, and by the muzzle blast. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "How to Weatherproof Your Rifle," 24 Dec. 2019 More Cool Science Videos The drop explodes like a kinetic stick bomb, but the competing forces mean the glass vaporizes almost in place at first rather than truly exploding outward. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Watch This Indestructible Glass Drop Literally Break a Bullet," 23 Apr. 2020 Battelle developed and deployed the technology — which uses vaporized hydrogen peroxide to sanitize masks hung inside what resembles a shipping container — last month for hospitals in Ohio, New York and Washington. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Battelle to sanitize masks for Ohio first responders," 15 Apr. 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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4 Jun 2020

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“Vaporize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vaporize. Accessed 3 Aug. 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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