pulverize

  • 1 Pulverize — Pul ver*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pulverized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pulverizing}.] [F. pulv[ e]riser, L. pulverizare, fr. pulvis dust, powder. See {Powder}.] To reduce of fine powder or dust, as by beating, grinding, or the like; as, friable… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 pulverize — [v1] smash by beating, crushing abrade, atomize, beat, bray, break up, buck, comminute, contriturate, crumble, crunch, crush, flour, fragment, fragmentalize, fragmentize, granulate, grate, grind, levigate, micronize, mill, mull, pestle, pound,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 3 Pulverize — Pul ver*ize, v. i. To become reduced to powder; to fall to dust; as, the stone pulverizes easily. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 pulverize — index break (fracture), destroy (efface) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 pulverize — late 15c. (implied in pp. pulverizate), from L.L. pulverizare reduce to powder or dust, from L. pulvis (gen. pulveris) dust (see POLLEN (Cf. pollen)). Related: Pulverized; pulverizing …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 pulverize — (Amer.) pul·ver·ize || pÊŒlvÉ™raɪz v. crush, grind into fine particles (also pulverise) …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 7 pulverize — (also pulverise) ► VERB 1) reduce to fine particles. 2) informal defeat utterly. DERIVATIVES pulverizer noun. ORIGIN Latin pulverizare, from pulvis dust …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 pulverize — [pul′vər īz΄] vt. pulverized, pulverizing [MFr pulveriser < LL pulverizare < L pulvis, powder: see POLLEN] 1. to crush, grind, etc. into a powder or dust 2. to break down completely; demolish vi. to be crushed, ground, etc. into powder or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 pulverize — [[t]pʌ̱lvəraɪz[/t]] pulverizes, pulverizing, pulverized (in BRIT, also use pulverise) 1) VERB To pulverize something means to do great damage to it or to destroy it completely. [V n] ...the economic policies which pulverised the economy during… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 pulverize — UK [ˈpʌlvəraɪz] / US [ˈpʌlvəˌraɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms pulverize : present tense I/you/we/they pulverize he/she/it pulverizes present participle pulverizing past tense pulverized past participle pulverized 1) to crush something into very …

    English dictionary

  • 11 pulverize — verb ( ized; izing) Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin pulverizare, from Latin pulver , pulvis dust, powder more at powder Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to reduce (as by crushing, beating, or grinding) to very small particles ;… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 pulverize — pulverizable, adj. pulverization, n. pulverizer, n. /pul veuh ruyz /, v., pulverized, pulverizing. v.t. 1. to reduce to dust or powder, as by pounding or grinding. 2. to demolish or crush completely. 3. Slang. to defeat, hurt badly, or,… …

    Universalium

  • 13 pulverize — To reduce to a powder. [L. pulverizo, fr. pulvis, pulveris, dust] * * * pul·ver·ize also Brit pul·ver·ise pəl və .rīz vb, ized also Brit ised; iz·ing also Brit is·ing vt to reduce (as by crushing, beating, or grinding) to very small particles vi… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 14 pulverize — Synonyms and related words: abrade, annihilate, atomize, bang, baste, batter, beat, bray, break into pieces, break to pieces, break up, brecciate, buck, buffet, cleave, comminute, contriturate, crash, crumb, crumble, crunch, crush, cut to pieces …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 15 pulverize — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. crush, powder, crumble. See powderiness. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. grind, crush, smash, comminute, triturate, levigate; see also grind 1 . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. grind, smash, crush,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 16 pulverize — pul|ver|ize also pulverise BrE [ˈpʌlvəraız] v [T usually passive] [Date: 1400 1500; : French; Origin: pulvériser, from Late Latin pulverizare, from Latin pulvis dust, powder ] 1.) to crush something into a powder ▪ The seeds can be used whole or… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 pulverize — pul|ver|ize [ pʌlvə,raız ] verb transitive 1. ) to crush something into very small pieces, or powder, or a nearly liquid substance 2. ) INFORMAL to defeat an opponent completely: Our team was pulverized by the defending champions …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 18 pulverize — see POWDER …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 19 pulverize — or pulverise verb 1》 reduce to fine particles. 2》 informal defeat utterly. Derivatives pulverization noun pulverizer noun Origin ME: from late L. pulverizare, from pulvis, pulver dust …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 20 pulverize — v. a. Triturate, comminute, bruise, grind, bray, levigate, reduce to powder, pulverate …

    New dictionary of synonyms


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