Lignify Lig"ni*fy (l[i^]g"n[i^]*f[imac]), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lignified} (l[i^]g"n[i^]*f[imac]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Lignifying} (l[i^]g"n[i^]*f[imac]`[i^]ng).] [L. lignum wood + -fy: cf. F. lignifier.] (Bot.) To convert into wood or into a ligneous substance. [1913 Webster]

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  • Lignify — Lig ni*fy, v. i. (Bot.) To become wood. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lignify — [lig′ni fī΄] vt. lignified, lignifying [ LIGNI + FY] to make into wood vi. to become wood or like wood as a result of the depositing of lignin in the cell walls lignification n …   English World dictionary

  • lignify — verb ( fied; fying) Etymology: French lignifier, from Latin lignum Date: circa 1828 transitive verb to convert into wood or woody tissue intransitive verb to become wood or woody • lignification noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lignify — lignification, n. /lig neuh fuy /, v., lignified, lignifying. v.t. 1. to convert into wood; cause to become woody. v.i. 2. to become wood or woody. [1820 30; LIGNI + FY] * * * …   Universalium

  • lignify — verb /ˈlɪɡnɪfaɪ/ a) To become wood. b) : To develop woody tissue as a result of incrustation of lignin during secondary growth. See Also: lignification …   Wiktionary

  • lignify — lig·ni·fy || lɪgnɪfaɪ v. change into wood; become wood, become woody …   English contemporary dictionary

  • lignify — [ lɪgnɪfʌɪ] verb (lignifies, lignifying, lignified) [usu. as adjective lignified] Botany make rigid and woody by the deposition of lignin in cell walls. Derivatives lignification noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • lignify — lig·ni·fy …   English syllables

  • lignify — lig•ni•fy [[t]ˈlɪg nəˌfaɪ[/t]] v. fied, fy•ing 1) bot to convert into wood; cause to become woody 2) bot to become wood or woody • Etymology: 1820–30; < Llign(um)wood + ify lig ni•fi•ca′tion, n …   From formal English to slang

  • lignify — [c]/ˈlɪgnəfaɪ/ (say lignuhfuy) verb (lignified, lignifying) –verb (t) 1. to convert into wood. –verb (i) 2. to become woody. –lignification /lɪgnəfəˈkeɪʃən/ (say lignuhfuh kayshuhn), noun …   Australian English dictionary

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