Word Origin See more synonyms for atomize on Thesaurus.com verb (used with object), at·om·ized, at·om·iz·ing. to reduce to atoms. to reduce to fine particles or spray. to destroy (a target) by bombing, especially with an atomic bomb. verb (used without object), at·om·ized, at·om·iz·ing. to split into many sections, groups, factions, etc.; fragmentize: Critics say the group has atomized around several leaders.
, especially British at·om·ise. Related forms at·om·i·za·tion, 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 Derived Forms atomization or atomisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for atomize v.
"reduce to atoms," 1845; "reduce a liquid to a very fine mist," 1865, verb formed from
atom + -ize. Related: Atomized; atomizing. Originally in reference to medical treatment for injured or diseased lungs; sense of "to destroy with atomic weapons" is from 1945.
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