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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.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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

Word Origin for vitrify

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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