Fossilizing
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]


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