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 Gulick and his team concluded — from the abundance of sulfur-rich rocks near the crater and their absence within it — that the asteroid must have vaporized any sulfur previously present. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "First illustration of asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs," 11 Sep. 2019 Gulick and his team concluded -- from the abundance of sulfur-rich rocks near the crater and their absence within it -- that the asteroid must have vaporized any sulfur previously present. Rory Sullivan, CNN, "Asteroid as powerful as 10 billion WWII atomic bombs may have wiped out the dinosaurs," 10 Sep. 2019 This suggests that impact vaporized massive amounts of sulfur-bearing minerals, according to National Geographic. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "The Terrifying Final Hours of the Dinosaurs' Reign on Earth," 10 Sep. 2019 The Oregon resident who died regularly used electronic cigarettes, or vape pens, to inhale vaporized oil containing THC, the key chemical in marijuana that gives people a high. oregonlive, "U.S. Senate demands answers on vaping illness epidemic as Trump and feds promise action," 11 Sep. 2019 Vape cartridges also contain liquids with chemicals like propylene glycol and vegetable glycerine, which are heated and vaporized for inhalation. Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's ban on flavored vaping products: What to know," 4 Sep. 2019 That will change later this year when Canada allows for more consumables — beverages, edibles and vaporized products — to be sold commercially where they are allowed. Alicia Wallace, CNN, "CEO ouster at Canopy Growth highlights growing pains for cannabis industry," 5 July 2019 As marijuana has gone mainstream, versions of e-cigarettes that vaporize high-inducing cannabis oil are one of the hottest-selling items, popular for those who don’t want the smoke that comes from lighting up a joint. Washington Post, "Only on AP: Popular pot vape gets makeover to counter fakes," 17 Sep. 2019 The rocks that the asteroid struck were rich in sulfur, which was ejected and vaporized, mixing with water vapor and creating what Gulick calls a sulfate aerosol haze. Riley Black, Smithsonian, "What Happened the Day a Giant, Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Hit the Earth," 9 Sep. 2019

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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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6 Nov 2019

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The first known use of vaporize was in 1803

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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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