Fossilized
Fossilize Fos"sil*ize, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fossilized}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Fossilizing}.] [Cf. F. fossiliser.] 1. To convert into a fossil; to petrify; as, to fossilize bones or wood. [1913 Webster]

2. To cause to become antiquated, rigid, or fixed, as by fossilization; to mummify; to deaden. [1913 Webster]

Ten layers of birthdays on a woman's head Are apt to fossilize her girlish mirth. --Mrs. Browning. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Fossilized — Fos sil*ized, a. Converted into a fossil; antiquated; firmly fixed in views or opinions. [1913 Webster] A fossilized sample of confused provincialism. Earle. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fossilized — index ossified Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • fossilized — fos|sil|ized [ fasəl,aızd ] adjective 1. ) preserved in rock or as rock: fossilized dinosaur bones 2. ) fixed and unlikely to change and become more modern: Our spelling system isn t as fossilized as you might think …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • fossilized — UK [ˈfɒsəlaɪzd] / US [ˈfɑsəlˌaɪzd] adjective 1) preserved in rock or as rock fossilized dinosaur bones 2) fixed and unlikely to change and become more modern Our spelling system isn t as fossilized as you might think …   English dictionary

  • fossilized — adj. Fossilized is used with these nouns: ↑remains …   Collocations dictionary

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

  • fossilized — См. fòssile …   Пятиязычный словарь лингвистических терминов

  • fossilized — adjective In a state of fossilization; preserved in rock …   Wiktionary

  • fossilized — Synonyms and related words: Gothic, Victorian, anile, antediluvian, antiquated, antique, archaic, backed, calcified, callous, calloused, case hardened, classical, crabbed, crusted, crusty, crystallized, debilitated, decrepit, doddered, doddering …   Moby Thesaurus

  • fossilized — adj. petrified; old; ancient; out of date fossilize (Amer.) fos·sil·ize || fÉ‘sɪlaɪz / fÉ’s v. change into a fossil, petrify; be petrified, become a fossil; make outmoded; become old fashioned or outmoded, become unchanging (also fossilise) …   English contemporary dictionary

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