- hardened like or into bone.
- Slang. drunk.
Origin of ossified
- to convert into or cause to harden like bone.
- to become bone or harden like bone.
- to become rigid or inflexible in habits, attitudes, opinions, etc.: a young man who began to ossify right after college.
Origin of ossify
1705–15; < Latin ossi- (stem of os) bone + -fy
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Examples from the Web for ossified
Who would you think more likely to reform an ossified economic system?Kim Jong Un & The Myth of the Reformer Dictator
December 24, 2013
Although it makes no sense, this simplistic line has been repeated ad nauseam until it has ossified into accepted fact.Rx for Obamacare: Take a Chill Pill
December 4, 2013
She only wrote two novels, but they establish her as the chronicler of an ossified generation unable to move forward in life.Renata Adler, Poet of a Chaotic Generation
March 21, 2013
The joints are less supple; the arteries are more or less "ossified."Over the Teacups
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
The vertebræ were not ossified, for no trace of them has been found.The Elements of Geology
William Harmon Norton
It is not necessary to be a contortionist, nor will it answer to be an ossified freak.Riding and Driving
Edward L. Anderson
The notochord is restricted and replaced by ossified vertebræ.A Guide to the Study of Fishes, Volume 1 (of 2)
David Starr Jordan
The mandible has a distinct splenial, and the articular is ossified.The Vertebrate Skeleton
Sidney H. Reynolds
- converted into bone
- having become set and inflexible
- Irish slang intoxicated; drunk
- to convert or be converted into bone
- (intr) (of habits, attitudes, etc) to become inflexible
C18: from French ossifier, from Latin os bone + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for ossified
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To change into bone.
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