devitrify

verb
de·​vit·​ri·​fy | \ (ˌ)dē-ˈvi-trə-ˌfī How to pronounce devitrify (audio) \
devitrified; devitrifying; devitrifies

Definition of devitrify

transitive verb

: to deprive of glassy luster and transparency especially : to change (something, such as a glass, glassy rock, or enamel) from a vitreous to a crystalline condition

Other Words from devitrify

devitrification \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌvi-​trə-​fə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce devitrification (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of devitrify

1832, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for devitrify

French dévitrifier, from dé- de- + vitrifier to vitrify

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“Devitrify.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/devitrify. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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