Definitions

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

  • transitive & intransitive verb To convert or be converted into vapor.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To convert into vapor by the application of heat or by artificial means; cause to evaporate; sublimate.
  • To affect with the vapors; render splenetic or hypochondriacal.
  • To pass off in vapor: as, sulphur or mercury vaporizes under certain conditions.
  • Also spelled vaporise.

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

  • intransitive verb To pass off in vapor.
  • transitive verb To convert into vapor, as by the application of heat, whether naturally or artificially.
  • transitive verb (Steam Boilers) See Evaporating surface, under Evaporate, v. t.

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  • verb Turn into vapour.

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

  • verb turn into gas
  • verb lose or cause to lose liquid by vaporization leaving a more concentrated residue
  • verb decrease rapidly and disappear
  • verb kill with or as if with a burst of gunfire or electric current or as if by shooting

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Examples

  • Choose cats, and cheese in all its manifestations vanishes forever with only orange powdery smudges to mark its passing; choose cheese, and cats all over the word vaporize with an adorable, furry pop.

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  • As a practical matter, the church often skirts this "marriage is forever" tenet using the instrument of annulment -- sort of a way, doctrinally, to "vaporize" an inconvenient prior marriage.

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  • So we've confirmed that "vaporize" was too strong a word?

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  • His advisers have pledged to "vaporize" whoever emerges from the primary.

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  • Advisers have promised to "vaporize" Reid's eventual opponent.

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  • Advisers have promised to "vaporize" Reid's eventual opponent.

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  • Political scientists and partisan strategists said Reid, whose approval ratings hover in the 30s in part because of the state's record unemployment and foreclosure crisis, will make good on his promise to "vaporize" his opponent.

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  • However, the heating element is separate from the grill, so meat grease will still "vaporize" on the element which gives you a smoky taste to the meat, much like a gas or charcoal grill.

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  • I had to chuckle when I read reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada is preparing to run a decidedly negative campaign this year, with an unnamed adviser saying Reid would "vaporize" his opponent.

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  • "To affect with the vapors; render splenetic or hypochondriacal."

    --Cent. Dict.

    August 1, 2012