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  1. an apparatus for reducing liquids to a fine spray, as for medicinal or cosmetic application.
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Origin of atomizer

First recorded in 1860–65; atomize + -er1
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Historical Examples

  • Simply spray it on with an atomizer and sweep with a suction hose.

    Learn to Invent, First Steps for Beginners Young and Old

    S. E. Clark

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for atomizer



  1. 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
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Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for atomizer


1865, agent noun from atomize.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

atomizer in Medicine


  1. A device used to reduce liquid medication to a fine spray or aerosol.
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