v. pul·ver·ized, pul·ver·iz·ing, pul·ver·iz·es
1. To pound, crush, or grind to a powder or dust.
2. To overwhelm or defeat utterly: The visitors pulverized the home team.
To be ground or reduced to powder or dust.
[Middle English pulverizen, from Late Latin pulverizāre, from Latin pulvis, pulver-, dust.]
pul′ver·i·zation (-vər-ĭ-zāshən) n.
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