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[at-uh-mahyz] /ˈæt əˌmaɪz/
verb (used with object), atomized, atomizing.
to reduce to atoms.
to reduce to fine particles or spray.
to destroy (a target) by bombing, especially with an atomic bomb.
verb (used without object), atomized, atomizing.
to split into many sections, groups, factions, etc.; fragmentize:
Critics say the group has atomized around several leaders.
Also, especially British, atomise.
Origin of atomize
1670-80; atom + -ize
Related forms
atomization, noun Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for atomization


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

1866, noun of action from atomize.



"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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