Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

vitrify

[vi-truh-fahy]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
verb (used with or without object), vit·ri·fied, vit·ri·fy·ing.
  1. to convert or be converted into glass.
  2. to make or become vitreous.

Origin of vitrify

1585–95; vitri- + -fy; compare French vitrifier
Related formsvit·ri·fi·a·bil·i·ty, nounvit·ri·fi·a·ble, adjectivenon·vit·ri·fied, adjectiveun·vit·ri·fi·a·ble, adjectiveun·vit·ri·fied, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for vitrify

Historical Examples

  • We cannot but suspect any medium under which the pigments will not vitrify.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 383, September 1847

    Various

  • Seventhly, That all kind of vitrify'd substances, by being suddenly cool'd, become very hard and brittle.

    Micrographia

    Robert Hooke

  • This furnace must give a heat strong enough to vitrify lead, and therewith all the alloy which the perfect metals may contain.


British Dictionary definitions for vitrify

vitrify

verb -fies, -fying or -fied
  1. to convert or be converted into glass or a glassy substance
Derived Formsvitrifiable, adjectivevitrifiability, noun

Word Origin

C16: from French vitrifier, from Latin vitrum glass
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for vitrify

v.

1590s, from Middle French vitrifier (16c.), from Latin vitrium "glass" (see vitreous) + -ficare, from facere "to make, do" (see factitious). Related: Vitrified.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper