comminute

Definitions

  • 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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Etymology

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.

Usage

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
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In news:

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