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[puhl-vuh-rahyz] /ˈpʌl vəˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), pulverized, pulverizing.
to reduce to dust or powder, as by pounding or grinding.
to demolish or crush completely.
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.
to become reduced to dust.
Also, especially British, pulverise.
Origin of pulverize
1575-85; < Late Latin pulverizāre to reduce to powder, equivalent to Latin pulver- (stem of pulvis; akin to pollen) dust + -izāre -ize
Related forms
pulverizable, adjective
pulverization, noun
pulverizer, noun
subpulverizer, noun
unpulverized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pulverized
  • 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.
  • Leave the motor for a few seconds too long and the cubes are pulverized into a fine powder.
  • They came to be drowned, shot, pulverized and incinerated.
  • Almost immediately after the strike, however, the pulverized rock rebounds.
  • No, because the ash the ash is pulverized rock it can scratch up the windshield, too.
  • Made from the pulverized pulp of wood, cardboard is biodegradable.
  • To make these sheets, the researchers treated wood pulp with enzymes and then pulverized it.
British Dictionary definitions for pulverized


to reduce (a substance) to fine particles, as by crushing or grinding, or (of a substance) to be so reduced
(transitive) to destroy completely; defeat or injure seriously
Derived Forms
pulverizable, pulverisable, adjective
pulverization, pulverisation, noun
pulverizer, pulveriser, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin pulverizare or French pulvériser, from Latin pulverum, from pulvis dust
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Word Origin and History for pulverized



early 15c., from Late Latin pulverizare "reduce to powder or dust," from Latin pulvis (genitive pulveris) "dust, powder" (see pollen). Related: Pulverized; pulverizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for pulverized



To defeat thoroughly; punish; clobber (1631+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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