vit·​ri·​fy | \ ˈvi-trə-ˌfī How to pronounce vitrify (audio) \
vitrified; vitrifying

Definition of vitrify

transitive verb

: to convert into glass or a glassy substance by heat and fusion

Other Words from vitrify

vitrifiable \ ˌvi-​trə-​ˈfī-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce vitrify (audio) \ adjective
vitrification \ ˌvi-​trə-​fə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce vitrify (audio) \ noun

Examples of vitrify in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nearby scraps of burned wood suggest temperatures could have reached as high as 998 degrees Fahrenheit—certainly hot enough to vitrify soft tissue, National Geographic reports. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 24 Jan. 2020 Other researchers have identified some glassy black material found in Herculaneum as the brain matter of one of the victims, vitrified by the eruption’s pyroclastic flow—burning clouds of gas and ash. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, 10 Feb. 2020 Once vitrified, the glass moves to an on-site disposal facility. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 10 Dec. 2019 Another team’s results in the New England Journal of Medicine made the claim that the pyroclastic flow’s heat vitrified the brain of at least one victim, transforming it into glass that was preserved for centuries. Jennifer Pinkowski, New York Times, 23 Jan. 2020 But this particular victim's brain matter had been vitrified, i.e., fused into glass. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 22 Jan. 2020 No other vitrified brain remains were found at Herculaneum, Petrone added. NBC News, 22 Jan. 2020 The overall effort involves more than just a facility turning radioactive waste into vitrified glass. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 10 Dec. 2019 File - In this Nov., 20, 2013 file photo, after radioactive waste is vitrified and sealed in large stainless steel canisters they are stored under a five-feet of concrete in a glass waste storage building at the Savannah River Site near Aiken, S.C. Washington Post, 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of vitrify

1594, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for vitrify

Middle French vitrifier, from Latin vitrum glass

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