pulverize

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pulverize make into a powder by breaking up or cause to become dust "pulverize the grains"
    • v pulverize become powder or dust "When it was blown up, the building powderized"
    • v pulverize destroy completely "the wrecking ball demolished the building","demolish your enemies","pulverize the rebellion before it gets out of hand"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Pulverize To become reduced to powder; to fall to dust; as, the stone pulverizes easily.
    • v. t Pulverize To reduce of fine powder or dust, as by beating, grinding, or the like; as, friable substances may be pulverized by grinding or beating, but to pulverize malleable bodies other methods must be pursued.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • pulverize To reduce to fine powder, as by pounding, grinding, etc.
    • pulverize To become reduced to fine powder; fall to dust.
    • pulverize In ornithology, to roll or wallow in the dust; take a sand- or dust-bath, as a hen or partridge.
    • pulverize Also spelled pulverise.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. pulvériser, L. pulverizare, fr. pulvis, dust, powder. See Powder

Usage

In literature:

There were 1536 of these about four feet square and each holding 1600 pounds of pulverized calcium carbide.
"Creative Chemistry" by Edwin E. Slosson
This army came in peace, it pulverized the country of the Lords of the Sands.
"History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 2 (of 12)" by G. Maspero
In this machine the opening, pulverizing, planting, and covering teeth are combined with a single frame.
"Scientific American, Volume 40, No. 13, March 29, 1879" by Various
If you open your trap again, I'll just naturally pulverize you!
"The Boss of the Lazy Y" by Charles Alden Seltzer
Spanish whiting, pulverized 81.6 lbs.
"Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy." by Bureau of Ordnance, USN
They pulverized his right!
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
Composed of clay, tempered with pulverized shell.
"Illustrated Catalogue of a Portion of the Collections Made" by William H. Holmes
This bedding breaks up the tenacity of the cow-manure, rendering it as easy to pulverize and manage as clear horse-manure.
"Talks on Manures" by Joseph Harris
This finer pulverization can only be secured by the judicious use of the roller and the harrow.
"Clovers and How to Grow Them" by Thomas Shaw
In an hour or two, he is rather 'pulverized,' and very disregardful of what he says and does.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2, No. 2, August, 1862" by Various
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In poetry:

Once more glares the sunlight on awning and roof,
Once more the red clay's pulverized by the hoof,
Once more the dust powders the "outsides" with red,
Once more at the station the whiskey is spread.
"California Madrigal" by Francis Bret Harte
"Like takes to like," is a proverb that's nothin' more than trash;
And many a time I've seen it all pulverized to smash.
For folks in no way sim'lar, I've noticed ag'in and ag'in,
Will often take to each other, and stick together like sin.
"Out O’ The Fire" by William McKendree Carleton

In news:

Lara Pulver on Irene & Sherlock's Banter PBS.
The pulverizers reduce the coal, imported from Wyoming, to a fine dust before burning.
The Chariot pulverizes audiences with a genteel air.
He had only recently emerged as a pulverizing presence on the musical landscape.
Lara Pulver as Irene Adler in Sherlock on Masterpiece Mystery.
In a show of natural force only seen a few times before in this country, Hurricane Charley rammed itself through Florida's mid-section late last month, moving west to east in a pulverizing frenzy.
Ali will be responsible for the sales and dealer relations for the company's line of shears, magnets , generator systems, concrete pulverizers and grapples in Southeast and Texas.
10 sheets chocolate graham crackers, pulverized into crumbs.
Melvin Pulver of Spicewood lost his mobile home and everything else in the fire a year ago.
Pulverize-and-strain beats peel-and-seed any day, so this recipe gets point for its speed and simplicity as well as for its list of healthy ingredients.
Roller mill system is designed to dry, pulverize, classify, and deliver various types of materials with feed sizes ranging from 10–70mm.
Raymond pulverized Ocosta with 385 yards rushing while putting up a 57-0 victory Friday night at Westport.
The sauna pulverizes any ache, fatigue, or ailment around — and the redwood hot tubs provide the perfect post- sauna soak.
Lara Pulver on Seducing Sherlock PBS.
A DEVICE designed by West German aerospace engineers to pulverize kidney stones with shock wave s is now being explored as a promising treatment for a far more common condition: gallstones.
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In science:

What we actually observed truncated cone region of pulverized tissue with a diameter of 1.5” on the entrance side, and gradually narrowing to 0.58” on the exit side of the rib cage.
A method for testing handgun bullets in deer
The actual volume of this truncated cone of pulverized tissue is an estimated 12.18 cubic inches, or nearly 4 times the volume predicted by the PC-only view of wounding via handgun bullets.
A method for testing handgun bullets in deer
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