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Meaning of FOSSILIZE

Pronunciation:  'fâsu`lIz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  become mentally inflexible
  2. [v]  convert to a fossil; "The little animals fossilized and are now embedded in the limestone"

FOSSILIZE is a 9 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: fossilise
 See Also: age, change over, convert, get on, lapidify, maturate, mature, petrify



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Fos"sil*ize\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Fossilized}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Fossilizing}.] [Cf. F. fossiliser.]
    1. To convert into a fossil; to petrify; as, to fossilize
       bones or wood.
    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.
  2. \Fos"sil*ize\, v. i.
    1. To become fossil.
    2. To become antiquated, rigid, or fixed, beyond the
       influence of change or progress.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: 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