American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.
- v. To demolish.
- v. To be ground or reduced to powder or dust.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To reduce to fine powder, as by pounding, grinding, etc.
- To become reduced to fine powder; fall to dust.
- In ornithology, to roll or wallow in the dust; take a sand- or dust-bath, as a hen or partridge.
- Also spelled pulverise.
- v. American alternative spelling of pulverise.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To reduce of fine powder or dust, as by beating, grinding, or the like.
- v. To become reduced to powder; to fall to dust.
- v. destroy completely
- v. become powder or dust
- v. make into a powder by breaking up or cause to become dust
- Middle English pulverizen, from Late Latin pulverizāre, from Latin pulvis, pulver-, dust. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The energy necessary to pulverize the reinforced core of the towers would make it impossible for them to collapse at free-fall speed, yet they did.”
“And we must not just beat Prop 23, we must pulverize it like the dust beneath our feet.”
“Steven Austin gives the following overview: (1) Fast-flowing water (faster than twenty miles an hour) can pulverize solid rock.”
“The forces necessary to move such massive mountains would cause the strata to fold or break apart and would completely pulverize entire rocks.”
“To get at a few precious particles, though, he has to pulverize the rocks, then scrape them.”
“The Oligarchy has kicked into high gear, exploiting the social dislocations of the Great Recession to disfranchise, pulverize, bat down, and crush the working middle class.”
“That critical nuance would matter little when 19 men from four Arab countries would hijack four passenger jets and use two of them to pulverize the densely populated New York icons killing nearly 3000 people.”
“There's a physicist who creates "bullets" out of sound waves that might be able to pulverize tumors and the biologist who helped trace the H1N1 virus's origin to pigs.”
“Watch her pulverize garlic with the palm of her Provençale hand!”
“While pound! pound! pound! might pulverize the price set by a foreclosing agent, a hammer to the head of a homeowner hurts.”
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