Fossilize

Definition of Fossilize

Fos´sil`ize
v. t.1.To convert into a fossil; to petrify; as, to fossilize bones or wood.
[imp. & p. p. Fossilized ; p. pr. & vb. n. Fossilizing .]
2.To cause to become antiquated, rigid, or fixed, as by fossilization; to mummify; to deaden.
Ten layers of birthdays on a woman's head
Are apt to fossilize her girlish mirth.
- Mrs. Browning.
v. i.1.To become fossil.
2.To become antiquated, rigid, or fixed, beyond the influence of change or progress.

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age, anneal, antiquate, become extinct, become obsolete, calcify, callous, case harden, cornify, date, fade, firm, fust, grow old, harden, indurate, lapidify, lithify, lose currency, molder, obsolesce, ossify, outdate, perish, petrify, rust, steel, superannuate, temper, toughen, vitrify
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