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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.
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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
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Examples from the Web for vitrifiable

Historical Examples

  • The materials of the second class are all vitrifiable excepting those which the fire entirely consumes by inflammation.

    Buffon's Natural History, Volume I (of II)

    Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon

  • Rock is vitrifiable as free-stone, and of the same nature, only it is harder and the parts more connected.

    Buffon's Natural History, Volume I (of II)

    Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon

  • 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.

    Buffon's Natural History, Volume II (of 10)

    Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon

British Dictionary definitions for vitrifiable


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

Word Origin

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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