pulverizer

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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pulverizer

farm implement used to break up lumps left by harrows and to compact the soil, eliminating large air spaces. The plain roller is often used to compact grassland damaged by winter heaving. Corrugated rollers, single or tandem, crush clods and firm the soil after plowing. A type usually called a roller-packer or land presser has heavy, wedge-shaped wheels about 3 feet (1 m) in diameter and is used in dry seasons to compress the soil after plowing.

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