- 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.
- to become reduced to dust.
Origin of pulverize
Examples from the Web for pulverization
Historical Examples of pulverization
Pulverization of the rock by machinery for use on land is recent.
Passed over the field, it stirred up the ground and continued the pulverization of the soil to make a mellow, friable seed bed.Frying Pan Farm
Elizabeth Brown Pryor
The weight of this quickly rolling stone effects the pulverization of the ore.
Silver ore after pulverization is smelted by mixing with it fifty per cent.Hittel on Gold Mines and Mining
John S. Hittell
The starch obtained from the root of an American plant by pulverization.
- 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
Word Origin for pulverize
1650s, noun of action from pulverize, or else from French pulvérisation, from Middle French pulveriser.
early 15c., from Late Latin pulverizare "reduce to powder or dust," from Latin pulvis (genitive pulveris) "dust, powder" (see pollen). Related: Pulverized; pulverizing.