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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To reduce to or separate into atoms.
  • transitive verb To reduce to tiny particles or a fine spray.
  • transitive verb To break into small fragments.
  • transitive verb To subject to bombardment with atomic weapons.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To speculate respecting atoms. Cudworth.
  • To reduce to atoms; reduce to very small particles, as a liquid; spray.
  • Also spelled atomise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To reduce to atoms, or to fine spray.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb to separate into atoms
  • verb to make into a fine spray
  • verb to fragment (can be used metaphorically)
  • verb to bomb with nuclear weapons

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb break up into small particles
  • verb spray very finely
  • verb strike at with firepower or bombs

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