Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The breaking or grinding up of a material to form smaller particles.
  • n. Fracture of a bone site in multiple pieces (at least three); crumbling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of reducing to a fine powder or to small particles; pulverization; the state of being comminuted.
  • n. Fracture (of a bone) into a number of pieces.
  • n. Gradual diminution by the removal of small particles at a time; a lessening; a wearing away.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of comminuting or reducing to fine particles or to a powder; pulverization.
  • n. In surgery, a comminute fracture.
  • n. Attenuation or diminution by small abstractions.

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Examples

  • The progression from the comminution till and gravelly mud of Units 3 and 2 into the diatomaceous mud of Unit 1 likely represents the Last Glacial Maximum to Holocene transition in the northwestern Weddell Sea.

    Domack on the Larsen 1-A Ice Shelf « Climate Audit

  • Unit 3 (150–230 cm) consists of a structureless black mud with elevated shear strength, which represents a comminution till deposited under grounded ice (Domack et al., 2001a).

    Domack on the Larsen 1-A Ice Shelf « Climate Audit

  • For though it be true that the most solid bodies have pores, still air or spirit do not easily submit to such extremely fine comminution, just as water refuses to run out at very small chinks.

    The New Organon

  • The distinction is this: breaking is a division and separation into large parts, comminution into parts of any size, but there must be more of them than two.

    Meteorology

  • In crabs, then, and in such other animals as are able to seize their food in a leisurely manner, inasmuch as their mouth is not called on to perform its office while they are still in the water, the two functions are assigned to different parts, prehension to the hands or feet, biting and comminution of food to the mouth.

    On the Parts of Animals

  • For their claws are substitutes for hands, and so require to be suitable for the prehension of food, and not for its comminution; for such comminution and biting is the office of teeth.

    On the Parts of Animals

  • - For all of the marketable hand-sorted pre-concentrates, further beneficiation efforts (comminution, classifying, sorting) are not necessary.

    Chapter 20

  • This type of middling product occurs even in the most precise separation processes, and valuable mineral so contained cannot be separated by further processing without additional comminution.

    Chapter 20

  • The tenacity describes the fracturing behavior (as opposed to cleavage or scratch (abrasive) hardness) of the mineral, and decisively governs the behavior of a mineral during comminution.

    Chapter 20

  • This is done through the separation of the simultaneous processes of amalgamation and grinding or comminution in pan grinders (as in Chile) or stamping mills (as in Ecuador and Colombia) using two procedural steps.

    Chapter 20

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