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[at-uh-mahy-zer] /ˈæt əˌmaɪ zər/
an apparatus for reducing liquids to a fine spray, as for medicinal or cosmetic application.
Origin of atomizer
First recorded in 1860-65; atomize + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for atomizer
Historical Examples
  • Simply spray it on with an atomizer and sweep with a suction hose.

  • Apply forcibly with a syringe or atomizer, preferably in the evening.

  • Then she went to the shelf in the dressing-room, where the atomizer box stood.

  • He couldnt even state positively that the atomizer full of the sleeping powder was Jarrolds.

  • Chief Grindstaff placed a device like an atomizer under Whedbee's nose and released the spray.

    Stopover Planet Robert E. Gilbert
  • Landry disappeared behind the curtains and in a moment Fred heard the wheeze of an atomizer.

    Song of the Lark Willa Cather
  • A carburetor, or atomizer, blows the oil into a fine mist almost as inflammable as gas.

    Inventors at Work George Iles
  • "A year, if your Excellency pleases," said the maid, blowing scent upon a transparent handkerchief from an atomizer.

    Pietro Ghisleri F. (Francis) Marion Crawford
  • Before burning, a little glaze should be sprayed over the work with an atomizer.

    The Potter's Craft Charles F. Binns
  • Why does pressing the bulb of an atomizer force out the liquid in a fine spray?

    Physics Willis Eugene Tower
British Dictionary definitions for atomizer


a device for reducing a liquid to a fine spray, such as the nozzle used to feed oil into a furnace or an enclosed bottle with a fine outlet used to spray perfumes or medicines
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for atomizer

1865, agent noun from atomize.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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atomizer in Medicine

atomizer at·om·iz·er (āt'ə-mī'zər)
A device used to reduce liquid medication to a fine spray or aerosol.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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