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atomize

or (especially British) atomise

[at-uh-mahyz] /ˈæt əˌmaɪz/
verb (used with object), atomized, atomizing.
1.
to reduce to atoms.
2.
to reduce to fine particles or spray.
3.
to destroy (a target) by bombing, especially with an atomic bomb.
verb (used without object), atomized, atomizing.
4.
to split into many sections, groups, factions, etc.; fragmentize:
Critics say the group has atomized around several leaders.
Origin of atomize
1670-1680
1670-80; atom + -ize
Related forms
atomization, noun
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  • Where possible, emulsification should be done in a 141 machine, in order to atomise the ingredients.

    Leather K. J. Adcock
  • They breathe it into the mouth and atomise it on the tongue with utmost relish.

    The New Glutton or Epicure Horace Fletcher
British Dictionary definitions for atomise

atomize

/ˈætəˌmaɪz/
verb
1.
to separate or be separated into free atoms
2.
to reduce (a liquid or solid) to fine particles or spray or (of a liquid or solid) to be reduced in this way
3.
(transitive) to destroy by weapons, esp nuclear weapons
Derived Forms
atomization, atomisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for atomise

atomize

v.

"reduce to atoms," 1845; "reduce a liquid to a very fine mist," 1865, verb formed from atom + -ize. Related: Atomized; atomizing. Originally in reference to medical treatment for injured or diseased lungs; sense of "to destroy with atomic weapons" is from 1945.

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