to cut back to atoms or to fine spray
- squirt extremely carefully
- break up into small particles
- attack at with firepower or bombs
- to cut back to atoms, or even fine squirt.
"reduce to atoms," 1845; "reduce a liquid to a very good mist," 1865, verb formed from atom + -ize. Related: Atomized; atomizing. Originally in reference to medical treatment for injured or diseased lung area; feeling of "to destroy with atomic tools" is from 1945.
(v. t.) To lessen to atoms, or to fine spray.