If you vitrify something, you turn it into glass or a glass-like substance. Glassmakers can vitrify sand to make glass.

Chemists study how substances change. One such extreme change is when a substance is vitrified, or turned into glass through heating and rapid cooling. Scientists can vitrify substances in the lab. Substances can also be vitrified in nature — due to a lightning strike, for instance. Vitrify is related to vitreous, meaning “glassy.”

Definitions of vitrify

v change into glass or a glass-like substance by applying heat

Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v undergo vitrification; become glassy or glass-like

Type of:
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

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