pulverize

When you pulverize something, you break it up until it becomes dust or powder. You might pulverize coffee beans in grinder, running it until the coffee turns to powder.

Pulvis is the Latin word for "dust." When something is turned into dust, often it becomes useless. That's why pulverize can also mean "to destroy or demolish." Construction crews pulverize a building using wrecking balls and sometimes even explosives. The materials left behind are broken into such small parts that they can't be salvaged for other uses.

Definitions of pulverize
1

v make into a powder by breaking up or cause to become dust

pulverize the grains”
Synonyms:
powder, powderise, powderize, pulverise
powderise, powderize, pulverise
become powder or dust
Type of:
disintegrate
break into parts or components or lose cohesion or unity

v become powder or dust

Synonyms:
powderise, powderize, pulverise
powder, powderise, powderize, pulverise
make into a powder by breaking up or cause to become dust
Type of:
disintegrate
break into parts or components or lose cohesion or unity

v destroy completely

pulverize the rebellion before it gets out of hand”
Synonyms:
demolish, pulverise
Type of:
destroy, destruct
do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of

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