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- To reduce to nothing, to destroy, to eradicate.
- An atom bomb can annihilate a whole city.
- 1834, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Francesca Carrara, volume 2, page 237:
- But eagerness in this case, as in most others, annihilated its own delight; down came the tottering height, while the disappointed builder found relief for his sorrow in anger—sorrow's best remedy after all.
- (particle physics) To react with antimatter, producing gamma radiation and (for higher-mass reactants, especially composite particles such as protons) lighter particles (such as pions, muons, and neutrinos).
- (archaic) To treat as worthless, to vilify.
- 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 17, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes […], book II, London: […] Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821:
- of all the opinions which Antiquity hath had of men in gross, those which I most willingly embrace, and whereon I take most hold, are such as most vilifie, condemne, and annihilate us.
- (transitive) To render null and void; to abrogate.
to reduce to nothing, to destroy, to eradicate
to react with antimatter
- “annihilate” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- “annihilate” in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.