pulverize [v1] smash by beating, crushing abrade, atomize, beat, bray, break up, buck, comminute, contriturate, crumble, crunch, crush, flour, fragment, fragmentalize, fragmentize, granulate, grate, grind, levigate, micronize, mill, mull, pestle, pound, powder, shatter, splinter, triturate; concepts 186,219 pulverize [v2] destroy annihilate, crush, decimate, defeat, demolish, destruct, dynamite, flatten, rub out*, ruin, shatter, smash, tear down*, vanquish, vaporize, wax, wreck; concept 252 —Ant. build, construct, create

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  • Pulverize — Pul ver*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pulverized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pulverizing}.] [F. pulv[ e]riser, L. pulverizare, fr. pulvis dust, powder. See {Powder}.] To reduce of fine powder or dust, as by beating, grinding, or the like; as, friable… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pulverize — Pul ver*ize, v. i. To become reduced to powder; to fall to dust; as, the stone pulverizes easily. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pulverize — index break (fracture), destroy (efface) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • pulverize — late 15c. (implied in pp. pulverizate), from L.L. pulverizare reduce to powder or dust, from L. pulvis (gen. pulveris) dust (see POLLEN (Cf. pollen)). Related: Pulverized; pulverizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • pulverize — (Amer.) pul·ver·ize || pÊŒlvÉ™raɪz v. crush, grind into fine particles (also pulverise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • pulverize — (also pulverise) ► VERB 1) reduce to fine particles. 2) informal defeat utterly. DERIVATIVES pulverizer noun. ORIGIN Latin pulverizare, from pulvis dust …   English terms dictionary

  • pulverize — [pul′vər īz΄] vt. pulverized, pulverizing [MFr pulveriser < LL pulverizare < L pulvis, powder: see POLLEN] 1. to crush, grind, etc. into a powder or dust 2. to break down completely; demolish vi. to be crushed, ground, etc. into powder or… …   English World dictionary

  • pulverize — [[t]pʌ̱lvəraɪz[/t]] pulverizes, pulverizing, pulverized (in BRIT, also use pulverise) 1) VERB To pulverize something means to do great damage to it or to destroy it completely. [V n] ...the economic policies which pulverised the economy during… …   English dictionary

  • pulverize — UK [ˈpʌlvəraɪz] / US [ˈpʌlvəˌraɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms pulverize : present tense I/you/we/they pulverize he/she/it pulverizes present participle pulverizing past tense pulverized past participle pulverized 1) to crush something into very …   English dictionary

  • pulverize — verb ( ized; izing) Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin pulverizare, from Latin pulver , pulvis dust, powder more at powder Date: 15th century transitive verb 1. to reduce (as by crushing, beating, or grinding) to very small particles ;… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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