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. verb
    turn into gas
    synonyms: aerify, gasify, vaporise
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    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
  2. verb
    lose or cause to lose liquid by vaporization leaving a more concentrated residue
    synonyms: evaporate, vaporise
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    types:
    transpire
    exude water vapor
    type of:
    change integrity
    change in physical make-up
  3. verb
    decrease rapidly and disappear
    “all my stock assets have vaporized
    synonyms: fly, vanish
    fell, fly, vanish
    pass away rapidly
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    type of:
    decrease, diminish, fall, lessen
    decrease in size, extent, or range
  4. verb
    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
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    type of:
    kill
    cause to die; put to death, usually intentionally or knowingly
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