• WordNet 3.6
    • v atomize break up into small particles "the fine powder had been atomized by air"
    • v atomize strike at with firepower or bombs "zap the enemy"
    • v atomize spray very finely "atomize perfume"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Every photograph of the first American atomic bomb detonation was taken by Harold Edgerton
    • v. t Atomize To reduce to atoms, or to fine spray. "The liquids in the form of spray are said to be pulverized, nebulized, or atomized ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Hydrogen is the most common atom in the universe
    • atomize To speculate respecting atoms. Cudworth.
    • atomize To reduce to atoms; reduce to very small particles, as a liquid; spray.
    • atomize Also spelled atomise.
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  • Kabbalah
    “The atom, being for all practical purposes the stable unit of the physical plane, is a constantly changing vortex of reactions.”
  • Mahatma Gandhi
    “As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world -- that is the myth of the atomic age -- as in being able to remake ourselves.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.”
  • Charles De Gaulle
    “No country without an atom bomb could properly consider itself independent.”
  • Elwyn Brooks White
    “The terror of the atom age is not the violence of the new power but the speed of man's adjustment to it -- the speed of his acceptance.”
  • William S. Burroughs
    “No atomic physicist has to worry, people will always want to kill other people on a mass scale. Sure, he's got the fridge full of sausages and spring water.”


In literature:

The significance of this difference becomes clear when two atoms of water are added.
"Valere Aude" by Louis Dechmann
Let us apply this in support of what I have surmised respecting the enormous electric power of each particle or atom of matter (856.).
"Experimental Researches in Electricity, Volume 1" by Michael Faraday
The atoms of what we call hydrogen or oxygen may well turn out to be worlds, as the stars are which make atoms for astronomy.
"The Life of Reason" by George Santayana
For if external things are admitted, they must be either atoms or aggregates of atoms such as posts and the like.
"The Vedanta-Sutras with the Commentary by Sankaracarya"
Generally molecules are composed of atoms which are different in kind.
"General Science" by Bertha M. Clark
Perhaps one finds an atom of truth somewhere at the root of them.
"Ladysmith" by H. W. Nevinson
The radioactive atom in sinking to a lower atomic weight casts out with enormous velocity an atom of helium.
"The Birth-Time of the World and Other Scientific Essays" by J. (John) Joly
There is no unity in the separate atoms of a sand-pit; they are things similar; there is an aggregate or collection of them.
"Sermons Preached at Brighton" by Frederick W. Robertson
This means, in effect, that Leibniz's system is not an unmitigated spiritual atomism.
"Theodicy" by G. W. Leibniz
But smell and taste lead us to the heart of the molecule and enable us to tell how the atoms are put together.
"Creative Chemistry" by Edwin E. Slosson

In poetry:

No, no, don't think it.
He doesn't know he is alone;
Isolation is his birthright,
This atom.
"Tortoise Family Connections" by D H Lawrence
Creator!—that infinity
Is but an atom-speck to Thee,
And what is man? and how can he,
With stammering lips and bended knee,
Look upward—upward? Yea, he can,
Because Thy grace has beamed on man.
"Hymn: The Minstrel Harp of Poetry" by John Bowring
The yellow Nile had turned to blood before her watching eyes--
It was branded into memory--a haunting death-strewn sight;--
The very dust upon the street the rod had made to rise
In a living moving horror, of atoms, leprous-white.
"In Egypt" by Virna Sheard
That never will the spirit use
Another time for life, and yet That never will the spirit lose,
Although it pass, but takes its debt
To life and time, and sends endued With gain of life each atom soul
New-fashioned to fulfil the whole.
"Introit : IV. O Star Of Death -- Mortalem Vitam Mors Cum Immortalis Ademit" by Thomas MacDonagh
How shall I know her, God, in that great world,
After the grief of this is past and gone?
How shall I know her when our souls are hurled
Like atoms thro' the night? On that white dawn
How shall I know it is her face that I shall look upon?
"Unanswered" by Charles Hanson Towne
Here their progress was checked, for the drawbridge was destroyed,
But the British felt very little annoyed,
Because a few planks were across the chasm thrown,
Then a match was applied to the powder bags, and into atoms the gate was blown.
"The Downfall of Delhi" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

A "Soldier Scientist" At Work On The Atomic Bomb .
Thank the atomic bomb .
To all of those who seem to side with the three intruders of the Y-12 uranium plant in Oak Ridge, apparently, none of you were around in 1945, when the United States dropped atomic bomb s on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.
A statue damaged during the atomic bomb ing of Nagasaki is carried to lead a torch procession in Nagasaki on Thursday.
The making of the atomic bomb .
The US dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan 67 years ago today.
Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Blast Survivor To Be Honored in Santa Barbara For Role In Anti-Nuclear Activism.
A peace group based in Santa Barbara is going to honor a survivor of the atomic bomb ing of the Japanese city of Hiroshima during World War Two.
U2, 'How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb '.
U2 stripped down and got tuneful on 2001's All That You Can't Leave Behind – then they turned up on Atomic Bomb .
Internet Compared to Atomic Bomb .
Atomic bomb images from
Hiroshima ceremony marks 65th anniversary of world's first atomic bomb attack.
Spies Who Spilled Atomic Bomb Secrets.
From Einstein to the Atomic Bomb .

In science:

Taking into account that initially several atoms are trapped and that one has to wait until all but one atom have escaped the cavity, single atoms are available for single-photon production for 8.3(2) s on average.
A Single-Photon Server with Just One Atom
The large number of correlations observed per atom and the large visibility of the antibunching suggests the following measurement protocol for single-atom operation, see figure 3: First, the system is initialized by trapping a few atoms and monitoring the light level emitted from the cavity during recycling pulses.
A Single-Photon Server with Just One Atom
Upper row, signals of unpaired atoms at T ′ ≈ 6TF (TF = 15 µK); middle row, signals for a mixture of unpaired and paired atoms at T ′ = 0.5TF (TF = 3.4 µK); lower row, signals for paired atoms at T ′ < 0.2TF (TF = 1.2 µK).
Ultracold Fermi gases in the BEC-BCS crossover: a review from the Innsbruck perspective
For instance, if there were a difference, even a very slight one, between two electrons in the same atom, its effect would also be very small during a short period of the atom’s life, but it would visibly change the structure and the external properties of the atom in the long term.
Enrico Fermi's view of identical particles
Then, the solid angle from which the photon is incident onto the atom is Ωcav = πθ2 for a single passage by the atom, where we have implicitly supposed that the quantization axis of the atom is oriented such that the angular radiation pattern has its maximum in the direction of the cavity mirrors.
Design of a mode converter for efficient light-atom coupling in free space