American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To reduce to or separate into atoms.
- v. To reduce to tiny particles or a fine spray.
- v. To break into small fragments.
- v. To subject to bombardment with atomic weapons.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To speculate respecting atoms. Cudworth.
- To reduce to atoms; reduce to very small particles, as a liquid; spray.
- Also spelled atomise.
- v. to separate into atoms
- v. to make into a fine spray
- v. to fragment (can be used metaphorically)
- v. to bomb with nuclear weapons
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To reduce to atoms, or to fine spray.
- v. break up into small particles
- v. spray very finely
- v. strike at with firepower or bombs
“But while the San Jose Bike Party involves thousands of people acting ridiculously en masse, Portlanders prefer to sort of "atomize" their rides by humiliating themselves in highly specific ways.”
“In particular, efforts might usefully be made to "atomize" each step so that all significant influences could be accounted for that might affect the final results (being careful not to leave out a detailed discussion of each equation/theory used).”
“What's New in This Release: [read full changelog] · The "atomize" function is restored.”
“The idea that Israeli settlements somehow "atomize" Palestinian land”
“But the fundamental challenge for natalists of any stripe is building a convincing rationale for why otherwise contented adults should atomize their lives to bring children into the world.”
“I've never seen to much gun atomize an animal use what you want.”
“But until belief is proven to unite rather than to atomize the human family, I trust we may be forgiven some skepticism.”
“It existed to atomize the world, which then perforce had to reconstruct itself in a slightly improved form.”
“Has our current ease of transportation by car and our enormous highway system served our country well—knitting it and us together, or has it served to atomize and drive us and our families apart, making anonymity and rootlessness increasingly the norm?”
“Hector could atomize his right arm and reach inside her body.”
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