follow Dictionary.com

Know these essential literary terms?

pulverize

[puhl-vuh-rahyz] /ˈpʌl vəˌraɪz/
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
1575-1585
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
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for pulverizer

pulverize

/ˈpʌlvəˌraɪz/
verb
1.
to reduce (a substance) to fine particles, as by crushing or grinding, or (of a substance) to be so reduced
2.
(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for pulverizer

pulverize

v.

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
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for pulverizer

pulverize

verb

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.
Cite This Source
Encyclopedia Article for 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.

Learn more about pulverizer with a free trial on Britannica.com
Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for pulverize

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for pulverizer

24
0
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for pulverizer