- to split into many sections, groups, factions, etc.; fragmentize: Critics say the group has atomized around several leaders.
Also especially British, at·om·ise.
Origin of atomize
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Related Words for atomizationdisintegration, decay, division, putrefaction, dissolution, putrescence, dissipation, corruption, putridity, atomization
Examples from the Web for atomization
Contemporary Examples of atomization
Foer argues that our digital lives are giving way to atomization and deep societal alienation.In Defense of Digital Communication
June 19, 2013
Historical Examples of atomization
Adjusting and locking the nozzle regulates the degree of atomization.Advanced Toy Making for Schools
David M. Mitchell
- to separate or be separated into free atoms
- to reduce (a liquid or solid) to fine particles or spray or (of a liquid or solid) to be reduced in this way
- (tr) to destroy by weapons, esp nuclear weapons
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1866, noun of action from atomize.
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