oxford views updated May 29 2018
va·por·ize / ˈvāpəˌrīz/ • v. convert or be converted into vapor: [tr.] there is a large current which is sufficient to vaporize carbon | [intr.] cold gasoline does not vaporize readily. DERIVATIVES: va·por·iz·a·ble adj.va·por·i·za·tion / ˌvāpərəˈzāshən; -ˌrīˈzā-/ n.
oxford views updated Jun 27 2018
Conversion of a liquid or solid into its vapour, such as water into steam. Some solids (such as ammonium chloride
), when heated, pass directly into the vapour state, a process known as sublimation