verb (used with object), com·mi·nut·ed, com·mi·nut·ing.
to pulverize; triturate.
comminuted; divided into small parts.
Origin of comminute
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Related Words for comminutegrate, shatter, crumble, beat, bruise, squash, mash, break, trample, squeeze, pulverize, reduce, scrape, pound, crush, powder, granulate, press, pummel, wallop
Examples from the Web for comminute
Historical Examples of comminute
to break (a bone) into several small fragments
to divide (property) into small lots
(tr) to pulverize
Word Origin for comminute
C17: from Latin comminuere, from com- (intensive) + minuere to reduce; related to minor
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To reduce to powder; to pulverize.
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