Definition of vitrify in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈvɪtrɪfʌɪ/

verb (vitrifies, vitrifying, vitrified)

[with object]
Convert (something) into glass or a glass-like substance, typically by exposure to heat: the option of vitrifying nuclear waste presents problems glazes and paintings on pottery are vitrified by firing in the furnace (as adjective vitrified) the use of vitrified clay pipes inside buildings is prohibited
More 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: /vɪtrɪˈfakʃ(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: /ˈvɪtrɪfʌɪəb(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: /vɪtrɪfɪˈkeɪʃ(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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