• WordNet 3.6
    • v comminute reduce to small pieces or particles by pounding or abrading "grind the spices in a mortar","mash the garlic"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Comminute To reduce to minute particles, or to a fine powder; to pulverize; to triturate; to grind; as, to comminute chalk or bones; to comminute food with the teeth.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • comminute To make small or fine; reduce to minute particles or to a fine powder by breaking, pounding, braying, rasping, or grinding; pulverize; triturate, levigate.
    • comminute Divided into small parts; comminuted.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Comminute kom′in-ūt to reduce to minute particles: to pulverise
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. comminutus, p. p. of comminuere, to comminute; com-, + minuere, to lessen. See Minute
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. comminuĕre, -ūtum, to break into pieces—com, and minuĕre, to make small—root minus, less.


In literature:

The great omentum was mangled and comminuted, and bore two lacerations of two inches each.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
The soil contains so much comminuted talc and mica from the adjacent hills that it seems as if mixed with spermaceti.
"Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa" by David Livingstone
Thus young Lin heard all about tibia, and comminuted, and other glorious new words, and when sleepless would rehearse them.
"Lin McLean" by Owen Wister
The internal table is widely comminuted, and there is possibly injury to the dura mater.
"The Prospector" by Ralph Connor
So it must be borne in mind that at all stages of flouring, any abrasion or comminution of the bran is to be avoided as far as possible.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 303" by Various
FRACTURES are of three kinds; simple, compound and comminuted.
"Military Instructors Manual" by James P. Cole and Oliver Schoonmaker
Comminuted Fractures, as the term implies, are those cases wherein the bone is reduced to a number of small pieces.
"Lameness of the Horse" by John Victor Lacroix
It was readily ignited, burning with a dull flame and smoke, the fragments comminuting more or less by the heat.
"Old Mackinaw" by W. P. Strickland
An incomplete fracture may also be either simple or comminuted.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Cake after cake is thus comminuted, at the rate of a ton per day from a single machine.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 461" by Various
Transfer the comminuted oyster and the liquor to the cylinder.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre
He then proceeded to ascertain the effect of substances previously comminuted.
"Delineations of the Ox Tribe" by George Vasey
In some cases there is impaction, and in others comminution of the fragments.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
It hastens the decay of vegetable matter, and the finer comminution of the earthy parts of the soil.
"The Elements of Agriculture" by George E. Waring
The clouds of apparent smoke are formed either of aqueous and other vapor, or of finely comminuted scoriae.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
The cancellated tissue of the body of the first lumbar vertebra was very much comminuted, and the fragments somewhat displaced.
"The Life and Public Services of James A. Garfield" by Emma Elizabeth Brown
This consists of husk or bran, more or less comminuted, and with a certain proportion of floury particles adherent.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 5" by Various
There was a deserted beach of comminuted shells, its glare as bright as snow in sunshine.
"The Sea and the Jungle" by H. M. Tomlinson
This is especially noticeable in the fine material, which is made up mostly of the comminuted products of the local rock.
"The Geography of the Region about Devils Lake and the Dalles of the Wisconsin" by Rollin D. Salisbury
This causes friability, and facilitates the subsequent comminution.
"The Romance of Industry and Invention"

In news:

Move in response to Salmonella outbreaks associated with comminuted poultry products.

In science:

Curran D, Seaman L, Cooper T, Shockey D: ‘Micromechanical model for comminution and granular flow of brittle material under high strain rate. Application to penetration of ceramic targets’.
Numerical simulation of high-speed penetration-perforation dynamics in layered armor shields