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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Pulverize \Pul"ver*ize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pulverized; p. pr. & vb. n. Pulverizing.] [F. pulv['e]riser, L. pulverizare, fr. pulvis dust, powder. See Powder.] To reduce of fine powder or dust, as by beating, grinding, or the like; as, friable substances may be pulverized by grinding or beating, but to pulverize malleable bodies other methods must be pursued. [1913 Webster]