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vaporize

or (especially British) vaporise

[vey-puh-rahyz] /ˈveɪ pəˌraɪz/
verb (used with object), vaporized, vaporizing.
1.
to cause to change into vapor.
verb (used without object), vaporized, vaporizing.
2.
to become converted into vapor.
3.
to indulge in boastful talk; speak braggingly.
Origin of vaporize
1625-1635
1625-35; vapor + -ize
Related forms
vaporizable, adjective
revaporize, verb, revaporized, revaporizing.
unvaporized, adjective
Can be confused
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Examples from the Web for vaporize
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  • Heat enough can not pass through the vacuum to vaporize the liquid rapidly.

  • There is nothing more easy than to vaporize reality altogether, by way of exalting a philosophy.

  • Nearly all liquids will vaporize if permitted to come into contact with air.

    Motors James Slough Zerbe
  • The crude petroleum is distilled as rapidly as possible with fire heat to vaporize off the naphthas and the burning oils.

    Aviation Engines Victor Wilfred Pag
  • They begin to heat, perhaps to heat irreversibly, and if they get out of control, they may vaporize.

    The Star Lord Boyd Ellanby
  • The lowest temperature obtained by allowing liquefied carbonic oxide to vaporize was -220.5° C.

  • The plant is a device for forcing air thru the gasoline to make it vaporize as fast as wanted.

    Mechanical Devices in the Home Edith Louise Allen
  • Other methods have been tried, such as steaming to vaporize the sap, and soaking in hot water for the same purpose.

    Carpentry and Woodwork Edwin W. Foster
  • We put in more dampers, but it kept going up and up, and I thought it might vaporize any minute.

    The Star Lord Boyd Ellanby
British Dictionary definitions for vaporize

vaporize

/ˈveɪpəˌraɪz/
verb
1.
to change or cause to change into vapour or into the gaseous state
2.
to evaporate or disappear or cause to evaporate or disappear, esp suddenly
3.
to destroy or be destroyed by being turned into a gas as a result of extreme heat (for example, generated by a nuclear explosion)
Derived Forms
vaporizable, vaporisable, adjective
vaporization, vaporisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for vaporize
v.

1630s, from vapor + -ize. Originally "smoke tobacco;" later "convert into vapor" (1803), and "spray with fine mist" (1900). Related: Vaporized; vaporizing.

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vaporize in Medicine

vaporize va·por·ize (vā'pə-rīz')
v. va·por·ized, va·por·iz·ing, va·por·iz·es
To convert or be converted into a vapor.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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vaporize in Science
vapor
  (vā'pər)   
  1. The gaseous state of a substance that is normally liquid or solid at room temperature, such as water that has evaporated into the air. See more at vapor pressure, See also water vapor.

  2. A faintly visible suspension of fine particles of matter in the air, as mist, fumes, or smoke.

  3. A mixture of fine droplets of a substance and air, as the fuel mixture of an internal-combustion engine.


vaporize verb
Our Living Language  : The words vapor and steam usually call to mind a fine mist, such as that in the jet of water droplets near the spout of a boiling teakettle or in a bathroom after a shower. Vapor and steam, however, refer to the gaseous state of a substance. The fumes that arise when volatile substances such as alcohol and gasoline evaporate, for example, are vapors. The visible stream of water droplets rushing out of a teakettle spout is not steam. As the gaseous state of water heated past its boiling point, steam is invisible. Usually, there is a space of an inch or two between the spout and the beginning of the stream of droplets. This space contains steam. The steam loses its heat to the surrounding air, then falls below the boiling point and condenses in the air as water droplets. All liquids and solids give off vapors consisting of molecules that have evaporated from the substance. In a closed system, the vapor pressure of these molecules reaches an equilibrium at which the substance evaporates from the liquid (or solid) and recondenses on it in equal amounts.
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