Vitrify
Vitrify Vit"ri*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Vitrified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Vitrifying}.] [F. vitrifier; L. vitrum glass + -ficare to make. See {Vitreous}, {-fy}.] To convert into, or cause to resemble, glass or a glassy substance, by heat and fusion. [1913 Webster]

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  • Vitrify — Vit ri*fy, v. t. To become glass; to be converted into glass. [1913 Webster] Chymists make vessels of animal substances, calcined, which will not vitrify in the fire. Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vitrify — (v.) 1590s, from M.Fr. vitrifier (16c.), from L. vitrium glass (see VITREOUS (Cf. vitreous)) + ficare, from facere to make, do (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)). Related: Vitrified …   Etymology dictionary

  • vitrify — ► VERB (vitrifies, vitrified) ▪ convert into glass or a glass like substance, typically by exposure to heat. DERIVATIVES vitrification noun. ORIGIN from Latin vitrum glass …   English terms dictionary

  • vitrify — [vi′trə fī΄] vt., vi. vitrified, vitrifying [Fr vitrifier < L vitrum, glass + Fr fier, FY] to change into glass or a glasslike substance by fusion due to heat; make or become vitreous vitrifiable adj. vitrification [vi΄trəfi kā′shən] n.… …   English World dictionary

  • vitrify — UK [ˈvɪtrɪfaɪ] / US [ˈvɪtrɪˌfaɪ] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms vitrify : present tense I/you/we/they vitrify he/she/it vitrifies present participle vitrifying past tense vitrified past participle vitrified to change a substance into… …   English dictionary

  • vitrify —    To change materials into glass or a glass like substance through heat fusion. This is the action of a kiln heating ceramic clay and glazes, for instance. A curious example: lightning striking a metal rod partly buried in sand will cause all… …   Glossary of Art Terms

  • vitrify — verb ( fied; fying) Etymology: Middle French vitrifier, from Latin vitrum glass Date: 1594 transitive verb to convert into glass or a glassy substance by heat and fusion intransitive verb to become vitrified • vitrifiable adjective •… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • vitrify — vitrifiability, n. vitrifiable, adj. /vi treuh fuy /, v.t., v.i., vitrified, vitrifying. 1. to convert or be converted into glass. 2. to make or become vitreous. [1585 95; VITRI + FY; cf. F vitrifier] * * * …   Universalium

  • vitrify — verb /ˈvɪt.rɪ.fʌɪ/ to be made into glass, especially through heat …   Wiktionary

  • vitrify — vit|ri|fy [ˈvıtrıfaı] v past tense and past participle vitrified present participle vitrifying third person singular vitrifies [I and T] technical if a substance vitrifies or is vitrified, it changes into glass n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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