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[vi-truh-fahy] /ˈvɪ trəˌfaɪ/
verb (used with or without object), vitrified, vitrifying.
to convert or be converted into glass.
to make or become vitreous.
Origin of vitrify
1585-95; vitri- + -fy; compare French vitrifier
Related forms
vitrifiability, noun
vitrifiable, adjective
nonvitrified, adjective
unvitrifiable, adjective
unvitrified, adjective Unabridged
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verb -fies, -fying, -fied
to convert or be converted into glass or a glassy substance
Derived Forms
vitrifiable, adjective
vitrifiability, noun
Word Origin
C16: from French vitrifier, from Latin vitrum glass
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Word Origin and History for vitrify

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

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