reducir a polvo

reducir a polvo
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to turn into dust)
a. to grind
Voy a usar un mortero para reducir a polvo los granos de pimienta.I'm going to use a mortar to grind the pepper grains.
b. to powder
¿Cómo puedo reducir azúcar a polvo? Lo necesito para una receta.How can I powder sugar? I need it for a recipe.
c. to pulverize
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Nicolás me enseño cómo reducir almendras a polvo.Nicolas taught me how to pulverize almonds.
d. to pulverise (United Kingdom)
Esta máquina reduce los vidrios a polvo para que sea más seguro manejarlo.This machine pulverises glass so it's safer to handle.
2.
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
(to destroy completely)
a. to reduce to dust
A word or phrase restricted in usage to literature or established writing (e.g. sex, once upon a time).
(literary)
Los bombarderos redujeron a polvo la fortaleza.The bombers reduced the fortress to dust.
reducirse a polvo
A pronominal verb phrase combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Se dio cuenta del problema.)
pronominal verb phrase
3. (to turn into dust)
a. to powder
El viento voló la tierra que se había reducido a polvo.The wind blew away the soil that had powdered.
b. to become dust
Los huesos en el ataúd ya se habían reducido a polvo.The bones in the coffin had already become dust.
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