to reduce to small, fine particles; make into powder; pulverize; triturate
Origin of comminute; from Classical Latin comminutus, past participle of comminuere, to make small ; from com-, intensive + minuere, to make small: see minute
transitive verbcom·mi·nut·ed, com·mi·nut·ing, com·mi·nutes
To reduce to powder; pulverize.
Origin of comminuteLatin comminuere, commin&umacron;t- : com-, intensive pref.; see com– + minuere, to lessen; see mei-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present comminutes, present participle comminuting, simple past and past participle comminuted)
- pulverized material
- a drink containing lemon comminute