- to convert or be converted into glass.
- to make or become vitreous.
Origin of vitrify
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We cannot but suspect any medium under which the pigments will not vitrify.
Seventhly, That all kind of vitrify'd substances, by being suddenly cool'd, become very hard and brittle.Micrographia
This furnace must give a heat strong enough to vitrify lead, and therewith all the alloy which the perfect metals may contain.Elements of the Theory and Practice of Chymistry, 5th ed.
Pierre Joseph Macquer
- to convert or be converted into glass or a glassy substance
C16: from French vitrifier, from Latin vitrum glass
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Word Origin and History for vitrify
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