• WordNet 3.6
    • v annihilate kill in large numbers "the plague wiped out an entire population"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Annihilate Annihilated.
    • Annihilate To destroy or eradicate, as a property or attribute of a thing; to make of no effect; to destroy the force, etc., of; as, to annihilate an argument, law, rights, goodness.
    • Annihilate To destroy the form or peculiar distinctive properties of, so that the specific thing no longer exists; as, to annihilate a forest by cutting down the trees. "To annihilate the army."
    • Annihilate To reduce to nothing or nonexistence; to destroy the existence of; to cause to cease to be. "It impossible for any body to be utterly annihilated ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • annihilate To reduce to nothing; deprive of existence; cause to cease to be.
    • annihilate To destroy the form or peculiar distinctive properties of, so that the specific thing no longer exists: as, to annihilate a forest by cutting and carrying away the trees; to annihilate an army; to annihilate a house by demolishing the structure; also, to destroy or eradicate, as a property or an attribute of a thing. Synonyms Annul, Nullify, etc. See neutralize.
    • annihilate Annihilated.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Annihilate an-nī′hil-āt to reduce to nothing: to put out of existence: to render null and void, to abrogate
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  • Thom Gunn
    Thom Gunn
    “My thoughts are crowded with death and it draws so oddly on the sexual that I am confused to be attracted by, in effect, my own annihilation.”
  • Claude A. Helvetius
    Claude A. Helvetius
    “By annihilating the desires, you annihilate the mind. Every man without passions has within him no principle of action, nor motive to act.”
  • Jalal-Uddin Rumi
    “The Eternal looked upon me for a moment with His eye of power, and annihilated me in His being, and become manifest to me in His essence. I saw I existed through Him.”
  • Immanuel Kant
    “By a lie, a man...annihilates his dignity as a man.”
  • Andrew Young
    “Can wealth give happiness? look around and see, what gay distress! what splendid misery! Whatever fortunes lavishly can pour, the mind annihilates and calls for more.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. annihilare,; ad, + nihilum, nihil, nothing, ne hilum, filum,) not a thread, nothing at all. Cf. File, a row
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. annihilatus, annihilāre; ad, to, nihil, nothing.


In literature:

If Cortes was annihilated, the problem would be solved.
"South American Fights and Fighters" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
Nor is this sentiment of respect even now extinct; nor will it, perhaps, ever be wholly annihilated.
"Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745" by Mrs. Thomson
You've achieved controlled, usable atomic energy through total annihilation of mass.
"Islands of Space" by John W Campbell
Miss Greenlow could not resist pointing out how entirely it annihilated my vision.
"Seen and Unseen" by E. Katharine Bates
Our ancient classics had a very narrow escape from total annihilation.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
Our human identity seems merged, lost, annihilated.
"The Complex Vision" by John Cowper Powys
Obstacles may be of a kind to stimulate one person and to annihilate another.
"The Daughters of Danaus" by Mona Caird
Even then they are useful to humble and annihilate them.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
The pure royalists endeavoured to annihilate the charter, which their opponents defended, and thus a strange contradiction took place.
"Memoirs of the Private Life, Return, and Reign of Napoleon in 1815, Vol. I" by Pierre Antoine Edouard Fleury de Chaboulon
The Austrian army has been annihilated.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
Here Grant waited the onset, with almost the certainty of annihilation.
"Four Years in Rebel Capitals" by T. C. DeLeon
Should the Indians leave their mountain homes, the trained soldiers will annihilate them.
"At the Point of the Sword" by Herbert Hayens
Her carrying trade must be annihilated if he closed every port against her ships.
"History of the English People, Volume VIII (of 8)" by John Richard Green
In 1480 a third invasion of the Tartars took place, which resulted in the annihilation of their force.
"Historic Tales, Vol. 8 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
They met a Spartan force and annihilated it.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
See, Annihilation, Wicked, Heaven, Psychostasia, Second Death.
"Scarabs" by Isaac Myer
The town of Byron, I learned, was completely annihilated.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
I beat him first into hiding, then into slavery, and at last into annihilation.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
You would fear annihilation less?
"The New Tenant" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Armies will not fight against us when they are annihilated.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay

In poetry:

`And, to end thy cruel mocks,
Annihilate thee on the rocks,
And another form create
To be subservient to my fate.
"My Spectre Around Me Night and Day" by William Blake
What though when nothing heard his call,
Nothing obey'd and brought forth all?
What though he nothing's brood maintain,
Or all annihilate again?
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. I." by Ralph Erskine
To avert the gun of the same old soldier;
For cry, cock-crow, or the iron bell
Can crack the sleep-sense of outrage,
Annihilate phantoms who were nothing.
"Prelude To An Evening" by John Crowe Ransom
Long life and prosperity to the British army,
May they always be able to conquer their enemies by land and by sea,
May God enable them to put their enemies to flight,
And to annihilate barbarity, and to establish what is right.
"The Battle of Atbara" by William Topaz McGonagall
If lovelight played not round the misty bourn
Could Life her marshy perils thread unworn?
Were Heaven's many mansions built to hold
Women and men seraphically cold?
Or does annihilation mean but this-
"Tristram no more desires Isolda's kiss"?
"Alma Venus! [Excerpt]" by Bernard O Dowd
It detonated. Nature, God, mankind
Like sulphur, nitre, charcoal, once Blended, in one annihilation blind
Were rent into a myriad of suns.
Yea! all the mighty fabric of a Mind
Stood in the abyss,
Belching a Law for "That" more awful than for "This."
"The Garden of Janus" by Aleister Crowley

In news:

In 1648 and 1649 Bogdan Chmelnitzky and his hordes of Cossack warriors perpetrated an annihilation campaign against the Jews of Poland and the Ukraine.
Listen to Black Flag 's "Annihilate This Week".
Listen to Black Flag's "Annihilate This Week".
Since late March, the Clean Augusta Downtown Initiative members have been community watchmen and annihilators of dirt and trash from Reynolds Street to Greene Street.
Rather than attempting to annihilate their opponent they sit down, talk through their differences and come to a reasonable compromise that gives both sides some of what they want.
Oliver Ackerman of A Place to Bury Strangers on the joys of creating Total Sonic Annihilation.
Which leads us, finally, to Total Sonic Annihilation.
Researchers luck out, getting a front row seat for stellar annihilation.
How cultural misreadings almost led to global annihilation.
On the edge of annihilation.
Jamie Kellner, chairman of The WB, joked last week that TiVo-type personal video recorders were developed by the print-advertising business to annihilate the TV medium.
The one thing standing between human annihilation and just another day at the office might very well be… paintball .
The video screen at center stage lights up with the image of a brawny largemouth, gills pulsating as if the finny brute is about to annihilate a topwater plug.
Perhaps no other genre consistently pulls in moviegoers anxious to watch global annihilation while polishing off a large soda.
Rock N' For A Cure Annihilation Tour.

In science:

The plots assume the DM annihilation rate of eq. (24), different DM masses and show the main annihilation channels.
Spectra of neutrinos from dark matter annihilations
This amounts to assume that the DM annihilation rate in the Sun is bigger than the annihilation rate in the Earth (because the Sun is larger and more massive than the Earth) by a factor that precisely compensates for the larger distance from the source, rSE ≫ R⊕ .
Spectra of neutrinos from dark matter annihilations
However, for the purpose of spectral reconstruction, they are less powerful than contained events: their energy is less correlated to the energy of the scattered neutrino so that all annihilation channels produce similar bell-shaped energy spectra and discriminating the annihilation channel becomes harder.
Spectra of neutrinos from dark matter annihilations
The neutrino differential spectrum per annihilation event is defined in the rest frame of the annihilating DM, since the annihilation process occurs at rest.
Spectra of neutrinos from dark matter annihilations
The triplet states (3S1 ) are long living decaying via the three-photon annihilation, while the twophoton annihilation is a dominant mode for the short-living singlet states (1S0 ).
Precision physics of simple atoms: QED tests, nuclear structure and fundamental constants
For if the theoretical HH PECs in Fig. 3 were really reliable as claimed by the authors, the non-crossing rule would secure that, at the crossing point, all annihilative HH PECs would invariantly go over in the repulsive, non-annihilative branch of the observed HH or H2 PEC.
Theoretical and observed potential energy curves for neutral 4-unit charge Coulomb systems containing antihydrogen
Similarly, the non-crossing rule would secure that the observed non-annihilative H2 PEC would go over in the annihilative HH PEC, which is impossible as H2 is stable.
Theoretical and observed potential energy curves for neutral 4-unit charge Coulomb systems containing antihydrogen
HH annihilation (rearrangement to Ps+Pn in an annihilative channel).
Theoretical and observed potential energy curves for neutral 4-unit charge Coulomb systems containing antihydrogen
Analogous to the annihilator conditions for modules (e.g. [Wis91, 28.1]), the following result gives some annihilator conditions for comodules.
Fully Coprime Comodules and Fully Coprime Corings
There cannot be any other X annihilating j(Σ,F ) because T(Σ,F ) already has the maximal dimension for a space of annihilators of a spinor.
Deformations of calibrated D-branes in flux generalized complex manifolds
The annihilator is Eexp(B )ϕ = {X + α + ιX B (cid:12)(cid:12) X + α ∈ Eϕ }, where Eϕ is the annihilator of ϕ.
Reduction of generalized Calabi-Yau structures
The same conclusion holds for J3 , J4 and J5 , for each of which the d-dimensional simple Poisson module annihilated by Ji is obtained from that annihilated by J2 by the construction described in 2.9.
Finite-dimensional simple Poisson modules
Using the details of the modules in or , one can check that, for each d ≥ 1, there exist λd , µd ∈ C, all distinct, such that p − λd annihilates four of the d-dimensional simple Tq -modules and p − µd annihilates the fifth.
Finite-dimensional simple Poisson modules
Similarly, if M ′ and M ′′ are simple Poisson C -modules, of the same finite dimension, annihilated by J4 and J5 respectively then, as Poisson C θ -modules, they are simple, isomorphic and annihilated by I2 .
Finite-dimensional simple Poisson modules
The annihilating process. process proceeds, whereas in annihilating processes, the sites begin occupied, and then some become unoccupied as time passes.
The expected duration of random sequential adsorption