Definition of vitrify in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvitrəˌfī/

verb (vitrifies, vitrifying, vitrified)

[with object]
Convert (something) into glass or a glasslike substance, typically by exposure to heat.
Example sentences
  • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˌvitrəˈfakSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • 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: /ˌvitrəˈfīəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • 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: /ˌvitrəfəˈkāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

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Syllabification: vit·ri·fy

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