- 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
Related Wordsshatter, demolish, vaporize, annihilate, decimate, flatten, vanquish, crunch, pound, mull, buck, fragment, bray, splinter, fragmentize, grind, crush, beat, powder, granulate
Examples from the Web for pulverize
Along the way, the GOP yearns to privatize and pulverize Medicare and Social Security.Obama Must Fight One More Campaign: To Keep Senate & Win House in 2014
February 8, 2013
Egypt has first-class F-16s that could pulverize any Libyan opposition.Let Libya's Neighbors Fix It
Leslie H. Gelb
March 16, 2011
They also harvest barley, which they pulverize before selling.The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ
They could not pulverize him in the coffee-mill of criticism.In a Little Town
I hope she may not pulverize Hartman as effectually as she does me: he might not take it so kindly.A Pessimist
No other single tool does so much to pulverize the soil, as the harrow.
The earlier the better, if you can pulverize the soil; otherwise not.
- 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 and History for pulverize
early 15c., from Late Latin pulverizare "reduce to powder or dust," from Latin pulvis (genitive pulveris) "dust, powder" (see pollen). Related: Pulverized; pulverizing.