[ puhl-vuh-rahyz ]
/ ˈpʌl vəˌraɪz /
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verb (used with object), pul·ver·ized, pul·ver·iz·ing.
to reduce to dust or powder, as by pounding or grinding.
to demolish or crush completely.
Slang. to defeat, hurt badly, or, figuratively, render helpless: The Kid pulverized Jackson with a series of brutal lefts. He's a veteran nightclub comic who can pulverize any audience in seconds.
verb (used without object), pul·ver·ized, pul·ver·iz·ing.
to become reduced to dust.
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Also especially British, pul·ver·ise .
Origin of pulverize
OTHER WORDS FROM pulverize
pul·ver·iz·a·ble, adjectivepul·ver·i·za·tion, nounpul·ver·iz·er, nounsub·pul·ver·iz·er, noun
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How to use pulverize in a sentence
Proper pulverization in large quantities is best done by those who make a business of it and have special mill facilities.
The weight of this quickly rolling stone effects the pulverization of the ore.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines|Andrew Ure
The oil is injected not by steam pulverization, but by pressure due to a steam-pump.
Silver ore after pulverization is smelted by mixing with it fifty per cent.Hittel on Gold Mines and Mining|John S. Hittell
Turning round a couple of stones, for the mere pulverization of human food, is not noble work for the winds.Modern Painters, Volume IV (of V)|John Ruskin
British Dictionary definitions for pulverize
/ (ˈpʌlvəˌraɪz) /
to reduce (a substance) to fine particles, as by crushing or grinding, or (of a substance) to be so reduced
(tr) to destroy completely; defeat or injure seriously
Derived forms of pulverizepulverizable or pulverisable, adjectivepulverization or pulverisation, nounpulverizer or pulveriser, noun
Word Origin for pulverize
C16: from Late Latin pulverizare or French pulvériser, from Latin pulverum, from pulvis dust
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