verb (used with or without object), vit·ri·fied, vit·ri·fy·ing.
to convert or be converted into glass.
to make or become vitreous.
Origin of vitrify
1585–95; vitri-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
; compare French vitrifier
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Examples from the Web for vitrifiable
Historical Examples of vitrifiable
The materials of the second class are all vitrifiable excepting those which the fire entirely consumes by inflammation.
Rock is vitrifiable as free-stone, and of the same nature, only it is harder and the parts more connected.
It literally means covering with glass or any vitrifiable substance having similar properties.
In this variety of painting, vitrifiable colours are laid on thin plates of metals, and fused into it.
For example, we see that in the pits at Amsterdam and Marly la Ville, vitrifiable sand was below every other stratum.
British Dictionary definitions for vitrifiable
verb -fies, -fying or -fied
Derived Formsvitrifiable, adjectivevitrifiability, noun
to convert or be converted into glass or a glassy substance
Word Origin for vitrify
C16: from French vitrifier, from Latin vitrum glass
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Word Origin and History for vitrifiable
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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