atomize [at-uh-mahyz] ExamplesWord Origin verb (used with object), at·om·ized, at·om·iz·ing.

  1. to reduce to atoms.
  2. to reduce to fine particles or spray.
  3. to destroy (a target) by bombing, especially with an atomic bomb.

verb (used without object), at·om·ized, at·om·iz·ing.

  1. to split into many sections, groups, factions, etc.; fragmentize: Critics say the group has atomized around several leaders.

Also especially British, at·om·ise. Origin of atomize First recorded in 1670–80; atom + -ize Related formsat·om·i·za·tion, noun Examples from the Web for atomise Historical Examples of atomise

  • They breathe it into the mouth and atomise it on the tongue with utmost relish.

    The New Glutton or Epicure

    Horace Fletcher

  • Where possible, emulsification should be done in a 141 machine, in order to atomise the ingredients.


    K. J. Adcock

  • British Dictionary definitions for atomise atomize atomise verb

    1. to separate or be separated into free atoms
    2. to reduce (a liquid or solid) to fine particles or spray or (of a liquid or solid) to be reduced in this way
    3. (tr) to destroy by weapons, esp nuclear weapons

    Derived Formsatomization or atomisation, noun Word Origin and History for atomise atomize v.

    “reduce to atoms,” 1845; “reduce a liquid to a very fine mist,” 1865, verb formed from atom + -ize. Related: Atomized; atomizing. Originally in reference to medical treatment for injured or diseased lungs; sense of “to destroy with atomic weapons” is from 1945.

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