pulverize

[puhl-vuh-rahyz]
verb (used with object), pulverized, pulverizing.
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, figuratively, render helpless: The Kid pulverized Jackson with a series of brutal lefts. He's a veteran nightclub comic who can pulverize any audience in seconds.
verb (used without object), pulverized, pulverizing.
4.
to become reduced to dust.
Also, especially British, pulverise.


Origin:
1575–85; < Late Latin pulverizāre to reduce to powder, equivalent to Latin pulver- (stem of pulvis; akin to pollen) dust + -izāre -ize

pulverizable, adjective
pulverization, noun
pulverizer, noun
subpulverizer, noun
unpulverized, adjective
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pulverize or pulverise (ˈpʌlvəˌraɪz)
 
vb
1.  to reduce (a substance) to fine particles, as by crushing or grinding, or (of a substance) to be so reduced
2.  (tr) to destroy completely; defeat or injure seriously
 
[C16: from Late Latin pulverizare or French pulvériser, from Latin pulverum, from pulvis dust]
 
pulverise or pulverise
 
vb
 
[C16: from Late Latin pulverizare or French pulvériser, from Latin pulverum, from pulvis dust]
 
'pulverizable or pulverise
 
adj
 
'pulverisable or pulverise
 
adj
 
pulveri'zation or pulverise
 
n
 
pulveri'sation or pulverise
 
n
 
'pulverizer or pulverise
 
n
 
'pulveriser or pulverise
 
n

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pulverize
1471 (implied in pp. pulverizate), from L.L. pulverizare "reduce to powder or dust," from L. pulvis (gen. pulveris) "dust" (see pollen).
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Example sentences
In place of a stoker shoveling coal, a blower delivers pulverized coal
  automatically.
His job had been putting out mine fires with buckets of pulverized rock dust.
The gravitational pull of these white dwarfs can attract nearby asteroids that
  then get pulverized.
The clay is dried and strengthened by adding finely pulverized pottery shards
  before pots are shaped, painted and fired.
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