[ dee-vi-truh-fahy ]

verb (used with object),de·vit·ri·fied, de·vit·ri·fy·ing.
  1. Chemistry. to deprive, wholly or partly, of vitreous character or properties.

verb (used without object),de·vit·ri·fied, de·vit·ri·fy·ing.
  1. Petrology. (of a volcanic rock or particle) to undergo a change in texture from glassy to crystalline.

Origin of devitrify

First recorded in 1825–35; de- + vitrify

Other words from devitrify

  • de·vit·ri·fi·a·ble, adjective
  • de·vit·ri·fi·ca·tion, noun

Words Nearby devitrify Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use devitrify in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for devitrify


/ (diːˈvɪtrɪˌfaɪ) /

verb-fies, -fying or -fied
  1. to change from a vitreous state to a crystalline state

  2. to lose or cause to lose the properties of a glass and become brittle and opaque

Derived forms of devitrify

  • devitrification, noun

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