verb (used with object), va·por·ized, va·por·iz·ing.
- to cause to change into vapor.
verb (used without object), va·por·ized, va·por·iz·ing.
- to become converted into vapor.
- to indulge in boastful talk; speak braggingly.
Also especially British, va·por·ise.
Origin of vaporize
Related formsva·por·iz·a·ble, adjectivere·va·por·ize, verb, re·va·por·ized, re·va·por·iz·ing.un·va·por·ized, adjective
First recorded in 1625–35; vapor
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Historical Examples of vaporise
The heat supplied to the chamber must be sufficient to vaporise the oil, but not great enough to decompose it.
You may fuse iron, vaporise water, intermix the gases; but the molecules of all change little in such metamorphosis.
British Dictionary definitions for vaporise
Derived Formsvaporizable or vaporisable, adjectivevaporization or vaporisation, noun
- to change or cause to change into vapour or into the gaseous state
- to evaporate or disappear or cause to evaporate or disappear, esp suddenly
- to destroy or be destroyed by being turned into a gas as a result of extreme heat (for example, generated by a nuclear explosion)
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Word Origin and History for vaporise
1630s, from vapor + -ize. Originally "smoke tobacco;" later "convert into vapor" (1803), and "spray with fine mist" (1900). Related: Vaporized; vaporizing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To convert or be converted into a vapor.
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