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i·on·ize

(ī'on-īz),
To separate into ions; to dissociate atoms or molecules into electrically charged atoms or radicals.

ionize

[ī′ənīz]
Etymology: Gk, ienai + izein, to cause
to separate or change into ions. See also ion.

ion·ize

(ī'on-īz)
To separate into ions; to dissociate atoms or molecules into electrically charged atoms or radicals.

ionize

to convert into ions.
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An electrical current passing between two plates, or electrodes, in the chamber will ionize the gas, causing some molecules to break apart and let go of electrons.
Recent investigations have shown that those minor power losses can significantly alter the energy available to ionize the gas.
In a 1954 book about the formation of planetary systems, Hannes Alfven hypothesized that gas atoms having no electric charge can ionize -- acquire an electric charge -- by simply speeding through space.
As an electric force of a certain strength can ionize an atom, pulling positive and negative charges apart, so this procedure, in the words of D.