- Chemistry. to deprive, wholly or partly, of vitreous character or properties.
- Petrology. (of a volcanic rock or particle) to undergo a change in texture from glassy to crystalline.
Origin of devitrify
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Examples from the Web for devitrify
If either of these precautions are neglected most glass will devitrify badly.
Hard glass, which contains much calcium, is more apt to devitrify than the more fusible varieties.
Bad soda-glass or that which has been kept for many years, tends to devitrify when worked.A Handbook of Laboratory Glass-Blowing
Bernard D. Bolas
It was mentioned in the last chapter that a glaze free from alumina will devitrify or become dull.The Potter's Craft
Charles F. Binns
- to change from a vitreous state to a crystalline state
- to lose or cause to lose the properties of a glass and become brittle and opaque
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