to reduce to atoms.
to reduce to fine particles or spray.
to destroy (a target) by bombing, especially with an atomic bomb.
to split into smaller parts, sections, groups, factions, etc.: Principles of freedom and individual liberty encouraged the economic individualism that atomized the nation and destroyed social responsibility.
to split into smaller units; fragment: Critics say the group has atomized around several leaders.
- Also especially British, at·om·ise .
- at·om·i·za·tion [at-uh-mahy-zey-shuhn], /ˌæt əˌmaɪˈzeɪ ʃən/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for atomize
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
- atomization or atomisation, noun
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