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Saturday, September 03, 2011


\NEB-yuh-lahyz\ , verb;
To become vague, or indistinct.
To reduce to a fine spray.
There is, however, not one of the seven that is truly effective as a novel; not one that has balance and sustained force; not one that doesn't break apart into episodes or nebulize into a vague emotion.
-- Walter Bates Rideout, Sherwood Anderson: a collection of critical essays
To argue that class is at heart a temporal category of change and movement can work to nebulize the issue of poverty, dissolving it into categorical indistinctness and impermanence.
-- Gavin Jones, American Hungers: The Problem of Poverty in U.S. Literature, 1840-1945
Nebulize takes the ancient Proto-Indo-European root nebh- "mist," and adds the Greek suffix -lize, "to make." The word first appears in the 1800s.
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