Definition of devitrify in English:

devitrify

Syllabification: de·vit·ri·fy
Pronunciation: /dēˈvitrəˌfī
 
/

verb (devitrifies, devitrifying, devitrified)

[no object]
1(Of glass or vitreous rock) become hard, opaque, and crystalline.
More example sentences
  • According to Aghabawa, the rhyolites were extruded as siliceous lava, which solidified as glass and was subsequently devitrified.
  • Because of their tendency to crystallize (devitrify), most natural terrestrial glasses are geologically young.
  • The tendency of glass to devitrify is a result of the atoms moving from a higher to a lower energy state.
1.1 [with object] Make hard, opaque, and crystalline.

Derivatives

devitrification

Pronunciation: /-ˌvitrəfiˈkāSHən/
noun
More example sentences
  • High-viscosity silica gel produced by the hydration and devitrification of volcanic ashes can eventually concentrate in any open space, such as the cast of a limb.
  • These structures may be evidence of early nucleation and devitrification (with corresponding vapor formation) that preceded that in the surrounding host rhyolite.
  • All melt inclusions and matrix glasses chosen were completely glassy, i.e. they had not undergone any devitrification and did not contain microlites or microphenocrysts.

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