Definition of atomize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈadəˌmīz/


[with object]
1Convert (a substance) into very fine particles or droplets: the CO2 depressurized, atomizing the paint into a mist of even-size particles
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  • This pressure level is meant to atomize the fuel into fine particles to ensure clean combustion.
  • When the carburetor can emulsify and atomize the fuel mixture well, distribution to each cylinder improves.
  • The arc melts the wires and the molten metal is atomized by a continuous flow of either high-velocity compressed air or nonoxidizing gases, such as carbon dioxide, nitrogen, or argon.
1.1Reduce (something) to atoms or other small distinct units: by disrupting our ties with our neighbors, crime atomizes society
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  • While industrial and information economic models tend to atomise society into individual units, nothing works without some level of cooperation and cohesion.
  • Where trust is absent, suspicion rules; you deal only with those you know first-hand, which atomizes society and diminishes the range of human experience.
  • A common criticism of cities throughout the ages is that they atomise society, that they replace community with a mere collection of strangers living in close proximity to each other.



Pronunciation: /ˌadəməˈzāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Overall, atomization bred apathy towards the higher state structure.
  • Nothing that has happened since that day has altered the mood of atomisation and political alienation within our societies, or galvanised public support for politics and government.
  • There is a growing sense of atomisation and alienation in the West.
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