Ossify Os"si*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Ossified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Ossifying}.] [L. os, ossis, bone + -fy: cf. F. ossifier. See {Osseous}.] 1. (Physiol.) To form into bone; to change from a soft animal substance into bone, as by the deposition of lime salts. [1913 Webster]

2. (Fig.): To harden; as, to ossify the heart. --Ruskin. [1913 Webster]

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  • ossified — ossified; un·ossified; …   English syllables

  • Ossified — Os si*fied, a. Changed to bone or something resembling bone; hardened by deposits of mineral matter of any kind; said of tissues. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ossified — I adjective bony, calcified, calloused, congealed, crystallized, dense, firm, fossilized, hard, hardened, incrassate, incrassated, indurated, lapidified, petrified, solid, solidified, stiff, stiffened, stony, thick, thickened, tough, toughened,… …   Law dictionary

  • ossified — [adj] bony fossilized, hard, hardened, petrified, rigid; concepts 404,542 …   New thesaurus

  • ossified — [“asafaid] mod. alcohol or drug intoxicated. (From stoned (out).) □ How an anybody be so ossified on four beers? □ I’ve never seen anybody so ossified …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • ossified — adj Drunk, intoxicated. He was so ossified we had to drag him to the car. 1920s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • ossified — adjective set in a rigidly conventional pattern of behavior, habits, or beliefs obsolete fossilized ways an ossified bureaucratic system • Syn: ↑fossilized, ↑fossilised • Similar to: ↑inflexible …   Useful english dictionary

  • ossified — /os euh fuyd /, adj. 1. hardened like or into bone. 2. Slang. drunk. [1790 1800; OSSIFY + ED2] * * * …   Universalium

  • ossified — adjective Of ideas or attitudes, inflexible, old fashioned. Syn: deep seated, démodé, established, fixed, hard and fast, inflexible, ingrained, old fashioned …   Wiktionary

  • ossified — Synonyms and related words: backed, bone, bony, calcified, callous, calloused, case hardened, crusted, crusty, crystallized, fossilized, granulated, hardened, hornified, incrusted, indurate, indurated, lapidified, osseous, ossicular, ossiferous,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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