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. Browning.

 

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Fos"sil*ize, v. i.

1.

To become fossil.

2.

To become antiquated, rigid, or fixed, beyond the influence of change or progress.

 

© Webster 1913.

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