WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
at•om•ize /ˈætəˌmaɪz/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], -ized, -iz•ing. 
  1. Hydraulicsto reduce (a liquid) to fine particles or spray:to atomize a perfume.
  2. to destroy (a target) with nuclear weapons.
  3. to split or divide (a group) into many sections, parts, or pieces.
at•om•i•za•tion /ˌætəmɪˈzeɪʃən/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
at•om•ize  (atə mīz′),USA pronunciation v.,  -ized, -iz•ing. 
v.t. 
  1. Physicsto reduce to atoms.
  2. Hydraulicsto reduce to fine particles or spray.
  3. to destroy (a target) by bombing, esp. with an atomic bomb.

v.i. 
  1. to split into many sections, groups, factions, etc.;
    fragmentize:Critics say the group has atomized around several leaders.
Also,[esp. Brit.,] atom•ise′.  at′om•i•zation, n. 
  • atom + -ize 1670–80


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

atomize, atomise /ˈætəˌmaɪz/ vb
  1. to separate or be separated into free atoms
  2. to reduce (a liquid or solid) to fine particles or spray or (of a liquid or solid) to be reduced in this way
  3. (transitive) to destroy by weapons, esp nuclear weapons



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