from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.
  • transitive v. To demolish.
  • intransitive v. To be ground or reduced to powder or dust.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Alternative spelling of pulverise.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To become reduced to powder; to fall to dust.
  • transitive v. To reduce of fine powder or dust, as by beating, grinding, or the like.

from The 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.

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

  • 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)



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