to reduce to utter ruin or nonexistence; destroy utterly:
The heavy bombing almost annihilated the city.
to destroy the collective existence or main body of; wipe out:
to annihilate an army.
to annul; make void:
to annihilate a law.
to cancel the effect of; nullify.
to defeat completely; vanquish:
Our basketball team annihilated the visiting team.
With my thumb and finger I annihilated the laborious monuments of centuries, and saw havoc and desolation in our wake.
Summer Cruising in the South Seas Charles Warren Stoddard
My will was annihilated; not a fiber of flesh obeyed my bidding.
Nana, The Miller’s Daughter, Captain Burle, Death of Olivier Becaille Emile Zola
He was playing a critical and most dangerous game, in which he must triumph or be annihilated.
History of England from the fall of Wolsey to the death of Elizabeth. Vol. III James Anthony Froude
Whence the conclusion is that the souls of men are not annihilated by death.
Apology, Crito, and Phaedo of Socrates Plato
In his indignation he looked as if he could have annihilated me.
The Adventures of Captain Mago Lon Cahun
The First Corps was thus compelled to follow, or be annihilated.
Three Years in the Federal Cavalry Willard Glazier
He said that on account of that terrible storm, which annihilated them, there have been no buffalo in that region since.
The Old Santa Fe Trail Henry Inman
There were times on the retreat when it seemed the troops would be cut off and annihilated.
Rodney, the Ranger John V. Lane
A mere whiff of the monster’s breath and he would have been snuffed out, annihilated in an instant.
The Best Short Stories of 1920 Various
Indeed, if the enemy had not fired too high, the column might have been annihilated.
Through Three Campaigns G. A. Henty
(transitive) to destroy completely; extinguish
(transitive) (informal) to defeat totally, as in debate or argument
(intransitive) (physics) to undergo annihilation
1520s, from an obsolete adjective meaning “reduced to nothing” (late 14c.), originally the past participle of a verb, anihil, from Old French annichiler (14c.), from Late Latin annihilare “to reduce to nothing,” from Latin ad- “to” (see ad-) + nihil “nothing” (see nil). Related: Annihilated; annihilating.
Very drunk or drugged: After such a bad week, she just wanted to get annihilated
an act or instance of , or of completely destroying or defeating someone or something: the brutal annihilation of millions of people. the state of being ; total destruction; extinction: fear of nuclear annihilation. Physics. Also called pair annihilation. the process in which a particle and antiparticle unite, each other, and produce one or more […]
to reduce to utter ruin or nonexistence; destroy utterly: The heavy bombing almost annihilated the city. to destroy the collective existence or main body of; wipe out: to annihilate an army. to annul; make void: to annihilate a law. to cancel the effect of; nullify. to defeat completely; vanquish: Our basketball team annihilated the visiting […]
- Annihilation radiation
electromagnetic radiation produced by the coalescence and mutual annihilation of a positron and an electron, each pair forming two photons having a minimum energy of 0.5 million electron volts each.
a person or thing that . Mathematics. the set of all linear functionals that map to zero all elements of a given subset of a vector space. Historical Examples She did not care for “eternal card-parties,” and considered the card-table “an annihilator of ideas.” Anna Seward Stapleton Martin It is nature as the annihilator that […]