Definition of vitrify in English:


Syllabification: vit·ri·fy
Pronunciation: /ˈvitrəˌfī

verb (vitrifies, vitrifying, vitrified)

[with object]
Convert (something) into glass or a glasslike substance, typically by exposure to heat.
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  • To vitrify soil, normally four carbon electrode rods are inserted into the ground and a powerful electric current is turned on.
  • Practically invisible or blatantly obvious, these so-called slip-ups made centuries ago survive today beneath vitrified coats of clear overglaze and provide snapshots of the innovative and ingenious decorative techniques employed.
  • After blotting excess solution from the carbon side of the grids, they were immediately vitrified in ethane slush.


late Middle English: from French vitrifier or based on Latin vitrum 'glass'.



Pronunciation: /ˌvitrəˈfakSHən/
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  • Olivene was proposing a process of high-temperature incineration, involving picking up solid waste from Auckland, Tauranga, Hamilton, and Rotorua, then vitrifaction of the ash, through to the production of roading material.
  • It is during vitrifaction, however, that the secret formulas and the skilled hand of the artist are decisive.
  • The vitrifaction or vitrified fraction of the instant invention is made conventionally in a smelter or the like.


Pronunciation: /ˈvitrəˌfīəbəl, ˌvitrəˈfī-/
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  • In this manner a greater uniformity in heating of the vitrifiable composition is achieved.
  • The use of glass scraps in vitrifiable compounds lowers the temperature required for fusion and consequently a lower quantity of fuel for the fusion is required.
  • The vitrifiable ingredient is used only inasmuch as it is a fusible body, which flows over the surface of the metal in the crucibles, and prevents the access of the oxygen of the atmosphere.


Pronunciation: /ˌvitrəfiˈkāSHən/
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  • Current methods involve many solvent extraction cycles and vitrification after nitric acid treatment and evaporation.
  • This is the earliest stage of the process known as vitrification.
  • In the case of high-level waste, the nuclear industry has pioneered the stabilization of the liquid streams through vitrification into borosilicate glass blocks.

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