vaporize

To vaporize is to evaporate and turn into gas. If you're watching a sci-fi movie, it probably means to vanish quickly or be utterly obliterated by a phaser gun.

As the structure of the word suggests, vaporize means "turn into vapor." Sometimes this means just turning into gas, like when boiling water turns into steam and rises into the atmosphere. Other times, something more concentrated is left behind, like when maple sap is boiled down into syrup. And in the greenhouse (or grocery store produce section), to vaporize is also to spray your green things with a light coating of mist.

Definitions of vaporize
1

v turn into gas

Synonyms:
aerify, gasify, vaporise
Types:
sublimate, sublime
change or cause to change directly from a solid into a vapor without first melting
Type of:
change integrity
change in physical make-up

v lose or cause to lose liquid by vaporization leaving a more concentrated residue

Synonyms:
evaporate, vaporise
Types:
transpire
exude water vapor
Type of:
change integrity
change in physical make-up

v decrease rapidly and disappear

“all my stock assets have vaporized
Synonyms:
fly, vanish
fell, fly, vanish
pass away rapidly
Type of:
decrease, diminish, fall, lessen
decrease in size, extent, or range

v kill with or as if with a burst of gunfire or electric current or as if by shooting

“in this computer game, space travellers are vaporized by aliens”
Synonyms:
zap
Type of:
kill
cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly

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