Definition of pulverize in English:


(also pulverise)


[with object]
  • 1Reduce to fine particles.

    ‘the brick of the villages was pulverized by the bombardment’
    • ‘Gondolas loaded with small rocks and rubble discharged the load in two huge Austin crushers that operated much like a grist mill pulverizing the stone.’
    • ‘Where we take grains and we strip them of their fiber, we pulverize them into a very fine starch and then we make them into things…’
    • ‘Percussion drills make their way deep into the ground, bit by bit, pounding the soil and pulverising it into a muddy paste, which is then brought to the surface in flanged containers.’
    • ‘It's the way we've taken grains and pulverized the starch so that it turns rapidly into blood sugar.’
    • ‘In a spice grinder, pulverize red pepper flakes and juniper to a powder.’
    • ‘In a spice grinder, combine star anise, nutmeg, cloves and cumin; pulverize to a fine powder.’
    • ‘Cellulose loose-fill insulation is made from wastepaper, such as used newsprint and boxes, that is shredded and pulverized into small, fibrous particles.’
    • ‘His right hand pulverized the pills into a powder while his left hand returned to the slit in the mattress.’
    • ‘But in the case of planetary disks, colliding rocks at the edges of the solar systems are pulverized into pebbles, causing particles to be flung in all directions.’
    • ‘Frozen snake liver was pulverized into a fine powder in liquid nitrogen.’
    • ‘With a pleasantly vengeful fury, as if performing a valuable task, we pursued every last component with our mallets until we had pulverized it into unrecognizability.’
    • ‘The sponge is pulverized in an attrition mill employing titanium plates to minimize contamination which would result from conventional cast-iron plates.’
    • ‘The force was almost wiped out when an errant 2,000-pound bomb pulverized a section of the massive fortress wail.’
    • ‘Sediments were pulverized, sieved through a 2mm mesh brass sieve and stored in brown paper bags in preparation for extraction.’
    • ‘The basis of most research in mainstream nanotech is the fact that some materials have peculiar or useful properties when pulverized into nanoscale particles or otherwise rearranged.’
    • ‘Continue to pulverize remaining half to a fine powder.’
    • ‘Rocks are pulverized and processed, usually in the form of white powder, into rare-earth elements.’
    • ‘Blended that thoroughly, so that all the seeds and skin were pulverized into the sauce.’
    • ‘Grind until mixture is completely pulverized and mixed well.’
    • ‘In some Western countries, the remains are mechanically pulverized to produce 6 pounds or so of ‘ashes’.’
    grind, crush, pound, crumble, powder, turn to dust
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    1. 1.1British informal Defeat utterly.
      ‘he had a winning car and pulverized the opposition’
      • ‘So, he's besieged, isolated in his compound, his forces are being pulverized.’
      • ‘He embarrassed the pundits, and pulverized the best bowlers that the region offered.’
      • ‘Mabouya bounced back from that counter-attack and in the latter stages pulverized their opponents' defense.’
      • ‘But any doubts as to just how brilliantly Rock of Gibraltar had developed were dispelled in the Irish 2,000 Guineas when he pulverised the opposition at the Curragh.’
      • ‘This, we might have presumed, was much more to his liking: pulverising moderate opposition in the Premiership rather than trying to cope with the quality of Barcelona.’
      • ‘South American powerhouse Argentina pulverized flat-footed defenders to defeat Japan tonight for their sixth straight win over the Asian Cup holders.’
      • ‘They continued to pulverize their opponents' defense line in the second half and on several occasions came within scoring range.’
      • ‘Surely yes, because sooner or later (preferably sooner) he's going to explode onto the scene, and when he does the opposition will be pulverised.’
      • ‘Northern United was unable to increase the score as they pulverized the Pioneers defense, but too often kicked wide.’
      • ‘The event organiser said: ‘He absolutely pulverised the opposition.’’
      defeat utterly, annihilate, beat hollow, trounce, rout, crush, smash, break, overwhelm, vanquish
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Late Middle English: from late Latin pulverizare, from pulvis, pulver- ‘dust’.