transitive verb Etymology: French dévitrifier, from dé- de- + vitrifier to vitrify Date: 1832 to deprive of glassy luster and transparency; especially to change (as a glass) from a vitreous to a crystalline conditiondevitrification noun

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  • Devitrify — De*vit ri*fy, v. t. To deprive of glasslike character; to take away vitreous luster and transparency from. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • devitrify — [dē vi′trə fī΄] vt. devitrified, devitrifying [Fr dévitrifier: see DE & VITRIFY] 1. to take away or destroy the glassy qualities of 2. to make (glass, etc.) opaque, hard, and crystalline, as by prolonged heating devitrification n …   English World dictionary

  • devitrify — devitrifiable, adj. devitrification, n. /dee vi treuh fuy /, v., devitrified, devitrifying. v.t. 1. Chem. to deprive, wholly or partly, of vitreous character or properties. v.i. 2. Petrol. (of a volcanic rock or particle) to undergo a change in… …   Universalium

  • devitrify — verb To become crystalline and brittle …   Wiktionary

  • devitrify — verb (devitrifies, devitrifying, devitrified) make or become hard, opaque, and crystalline. Derivatives devitrification noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • devitrify — de·vitrify …   English syllables

  • devitrify — de•vit•ri•fy [[t]diˈvɪ trəˌfaɪ[/t]] v. t. fied, fy•ing chem. to deprive of vitreous properties • Etymology: 1825–35 de•vit ri•fi•ca′tion, n …   From formal English to slang

  • devitrify — [c]/diˈvɪtrəfaɪ/ (say dee vitruhfuy) verb (devitrified, devitrifying) –verb (t) 1. to deprive, wholly or partly, of vitreous character or properties, especially to process glass so that it develops a minute crystalline structure, with a… …   Australian English dictionary

  • devitrify — ( ies, ied) deprive of vitreous qualities; make (glass or vitreous rock) opaque and crystalline. Derivatives: devitrification n …   Useful english dictionary

  • devitrification — noun see devitrify …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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