vitrify

[ vi-truh-fahy ]
/ ˈvɪ trəˌfaɪ /

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.

Nearby words

  1. vitric,
  2. vitrics,
  3. vitrifaction,
  4. vitrification,
  5. vitriform,
  6. vitrine,
  7. vitriol,
  8. vitriolic,
  9. vitriolize,
  10. vitro

Origin of vitrify

1585–95; vitri- + -fy; compare French vitrifier

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British Dictionary definitions for vitrify

vitrify

/ (ˈvɪtrɪˌfaɪ) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

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

vitrify

v.

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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