- to reduce to dust or powder, as by pounding or grinding.
- to demolish or crush completely.
- Slang. to defeat, hurt badly, or, figuratively, render helpless: The Kid pulverized Jackson with a series of brutal lefts. He's a veteran nightclub comic who can pulverize any audience in seconds.
- to become reduced to dust.
Also especially British, pul·ver·ise.
Origin of pulverize
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Examples from the Web for pulverise
He rose at once in his anger to answer him, to smash and pulverise him.
It is so soft that a gentle touch is sufficient to pulverise it.The Jenolan Caves
He says the mills of the gods grind slowly, but they pulverise middling fine.Remarks
Pulverise and mix, and place in a retort of such size that the above matters will only half fill it.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
High explosive of the kind the Germans use will pulverise the parapet of a trench and kill every one within reach.On Land And Sea At The Dardanelles
Thomas Charles Bridges
- to reduce (a substance) to fine particles, as by crushing or grinding, or (of a substance) to be so reduced
- (tr) to destroy completely; defeat or injure seriously
C16: from Late Latin pulverizare or French pulvériser, from Latin pulverum, from pulvis dust
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Word Origin and History for pulverise
early 15c., from Late Latin pulverizare "reduce to powder or dust," from Latin pulvis (genitive pulveris) "dust, powder" (see pollen). Related: Pulverized; pulverizing.
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