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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.
Origin of atomize
1670-80; atom + -ize
Related forms
atomization, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for atomize
  • Spray guns used in refinishing automobiles atomize paint with compressed air and project a paint mist onto the vehicle surface.
  • Air-atomized spray coating uses compressed air, which maybe heated and filtered, to atomize the coating and to direct the spray.
  • Such material will not atomize or spray properly, resulting in poor adhesion to the substrate.
  • The nozzles atomize water into micro-fine fog droplets that evaporate quickly.
  • The compressed air is used to atomize the coating which is then directed towards the part to be coated.
  • Compressed air is used to atomize the water in the nozzles and also to pressurize the water tank.
  • In general they atomize the fuel into the firing chamber by means of steam, air or a mechanical device.
  • In all cases, pressure from either a pump or compressed gas or air is used to atomize the spray mix at the nozzle.
  • The pump delivers the mixture under pressure to a series of nozzles where a source of compressed air acts to atomize the mixture.
  • If the pressure is too high, the asphalt may atomize and the pattern may be distorted.
British Dictionary definitions for atomize


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 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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