vitrify

verb
vit·​ri·​fy | \ˈvi-trə-ˌfī \
vitrified; vitrifying

Definition of vitrify 

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from vitrify

vitrifiable \ ˌvi-​trə-​ˈfī-​ə-​bəl \ adjective
vitrification \ ˌvi-​trə-​fə-​ˈkā-​shən \ noun

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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, "US to decide best site option for nuclear weapons production," 9 May 2018 Dubochet realized that if the water was frozen quickly enough—vitrified, like glass—ice crystals wouldn't form. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "A cold, clear view of life wins chemistry Nobel," 4 Oct. 2017 Properly calibrated to avoid poisoning the cells, those protectants could help ensure that an egg would evenly vitrify (becoming glasslike) when it was dunked into a liquid nitrogen bath. Jacob Brogan, Smithsonian, "A Cool New Way to Freeze and Unfreeze Zebrafish Embryos Using Gold Nanotechnology and Lasers," 13 July 2017 Properly calibrated to avoid poisoning the cells, those protectants could help ensure that an egg would evenly vitrify (becoming glasslike) when it was dunked into a liquid nitrogen bath. Jacob Brogan, Smithsonian, "A Cool New Way to Freeze and Unfreeze Zebrafish Embryos Using Gold Nanotechnology and Lasers," 13 July 2017

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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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