atomize
transitive verb (-ized; -izing) Date: 1845 1. to treat as made up of many discrete units 2. to reduce to minute particles or to a fine spray 3. divide, fragment <
an atomized society
>
; also to deprive of meaningful ties to others <
atomized individuals
>
4. to subject to attack by nuclear weapons • atomization noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Atomize — At om*ize, v. t. To reduce to atoms, or to fine spray. [1913 Webster] The liquids in the form of spray are said to be pulverized, nebulized, or atomized. Dunglison. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • atomize — index dissolve (disperse) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • atomize — reduce to atoms, 1845; reduce a liquid to a very fine mist, 1865, verb formed from ATOM (Cf. atom) + IZE (Cf. ize). Related: Atomized; atomizing. Originally in reference to medical treatment for injured or diseased lungs; sense of to destroy with …   Etymology dictionary

  • atomize — (Amer.) at·om·ize || ætəʊmaɪz v. reduce to particles; fragment, break into pieces, separate into fragments; divide into atoms; convert a liquid into spray; spray very delicately; demolish or destroy something using atomic weapons; subject… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • atomize — (also atomise) ► VERB 1) convert (a substance) into very fine particles or droplets. 2) fragment. DERIVATIVES atomization noun atomizer noun …   English terms dictionary

  • atomize — [at′əm īz΄] vt. atomized, atomizing 1. to separate into atoms 2. to reduce (a liquid) to a fine spray 3. to destroy by nuclear weapons 4. to separate into many parts or fragments; disintegrate atomization n …   English World dictionary

  • atomize — UK [ˈætəmaɪz] / US [ˈætəˌmaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms atomize : present tense I/you/we/they atomize he/she/it atomizes present participle atomizing past tense atomized past participle atomized 1) to change a substance or liquid into very… …   English dictionary

  • atomize — atomization, n. /at euh muyz /, v., atomized, atomizing. v.t. 1. to reduce to atoms. 2. to reduce to fine particles or spray. 3. to destroy (a target) by bombing, esp. with an atomic bomb. v.i. 4. to split into many sections, groups, factions,… …   Universalium

  • atomize — verb a) to separate into atoms b) to make into a fine spray See Also: atomizer, atomization …   Wiktionary

  • atomize — at·om·ize or Brit at·om·ise at ə .mīz vt, ized or Brit ised; iz·ing or Brit is·ing to convert to minute particles or to a fine spray <an atomized medicated powder> at·om·iza·tion or Brit at·om·isa·tion .at ə mə zā shən n …   Medical dictionary

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