to become changed into the form of ions, as by dissolving.
- Also especially British, i·on·ise .
- i·on·iz·a·ble, adjective
- i·on·i·za·tion, noun
- i·on·iz·er, noun
- non·i·on·ized, adjective
- non·i·on·iz·ing, adjective
- self-i·on·i·za·tion, noun
- un·i·o·nized, adjective
- un·un·ion·ized, adjective
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How to use ionize in a sentence
Within Anderson’s chamber, liquid droplets condensed along the paths of energetic charged particles, a result of the particles ionizing gas molecules as they zipped along.How matter’s hidden complexity unleashed the power of nuclear physics | Emily Conover | April 8, 2021 | Science News
Those ionized particles are then sent back out into a room to find and destroy microorganisms.Air purifier company seeks emergency FDA approval for device that rids indoor air of virus | Dalvin Brown | December 10, 2020 | Washington Post
That’s one clear advantage for ionizing purifiers, which don’t have a filter that needs replacing.Can an air purifier help protect you from COVID-19? | dzanemorris | August 22, 2020 | Fortune
Thanks to better technology and pressure from regulators, ionizing filters that don’t generate ozone are now available, and the California Air Resources Board has created a list of those that emit only safe levels of ozone.Can an air purifier help protect you from COVID-19? | dzanemorris | August 22, 2020 | Fortune
It comes from hydrogen gas inside the bubbles that was electrically charged, or ionized.Spotted: Milky Way’s giant gas bubbles in visible light | Emily Conover | July 16, 2020 | Science News For Students
Second, the upper atmosphere of Eisberg was pretty much pure hydrogen, which is somewhat easier to ionize than oxygen or nitrogen.Unwise Child | Gordon Randall Garrett
Inorganic materials, when dissolved in water, usually ionize very readily.The Chemistry of Plant Life | Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
Certain ultra-violet rays also ionize the air and cause the formation of ozone.Artificial Light | M. Luckiesh
He's developed a system, which, thanks to the power we can get in that atostor, will sextuply ionize oxygen gas.The Ultimate Weapon | John Wood Campbell
Organic compounds, on the other hand, ionize only very slowly, if at all.The Chemistry of Plant Life | Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
British Dictionary definitions for ionize
to change or become changed into ions
- ionizable or ionisable, adjective
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Scientific definitions for ionize
To give an atom or group of atoms a net electric charge by adding or removing one or more electrons.
To form ions in a substance. Lightning ionizes air, for example.
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