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. verb
    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
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    type of:
    disintegrate
    break into parts or components or lose cohesion or unity
  2. verb
    become powder or dust
    synonyms: powderise, powderize, pulverise
    powder, powderise, powderize, pulverise
    make into a powder by breaking up or cause to become dust
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    type of:
    disintegrate
    break into parts or components or lose cohesion or unity
  3. verb
    destroy completely
    pulverize the rebellion before it gets out of hand”
    synonyms: demolish, pulverise
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    type of:
    destroy, destruct
    do away with, cause the destruction or undoing of
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