fossilize

verb fos·sil·ize \ ˈfä-sə-ˌlīz \
|Updated on: 18 Jun 2018

Definition of fossilize

fossilized; fossilizing
1 : to convert into a fossil
2 : to make outmoded, rigid, or fixed
: to become changed into a fossil

fossilization

play \ˌfä-sə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

Examples of fossilize in a Sentence

  1. The mud helped to preserve and fossilize the wood.

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First Known Use of fossilize

1794

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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Definition of fossilize for English Language Learners

  • : to become a fossil or to cause (something) to become a fossil


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