fac-, facil-, fact-, feas-, -feat, -fect, -feit, -facient, -faction, -fic-, -fy, -ficate, -fication

(Latin: to make, to do, to build, to cause, to produce; forming, shaping)

To convert into glass; to vitrify.
1. The process of converting materials into glass or a glass-like amorphous solid which does not have any crystalline structure.
2. In pottery, the point at which a pot loses its porosity during a firing.
3. The progressive fusion of a material during the firing process; as it proceeds, glassy bonding increases and the porosity of the fired product decreases.
4. A forming of a supercooled liquid; such as, glass.
5. The act or process of vitrifying; a state of being vitrified.

When the starting material is solid, vitrification usually involves heating the substances to very high temperatures. Many ceramics are produced in such a manner.

Vitrification also occurs naturally when lightning strikes sand, where the extreme and immediate heat can create hollow, branching rootlike structures of glass, called fulgurites (natural hollow carrot-shaped glass tubes formed in quartzose sand or soil by lightning strikes).

vitrified wheel
A grinding wheel whose abrasive surface is bound by glass or porcelain.
vitrified, vitrifying, vitrifies
1. To change or to make into glass or a glassy substance; especially, through heat fusion.
2. To become vitreous.
vitrified-clay pipe
A pipe, made of clay treated in a kiln to induce vitrification, with the surface glazed to keep water from seeping through the pipe surface; used for drainage.
1. To convert or change into glass or something like glass.
2. To change or make into glass or a glassy substance; especially, through heat fusion.
3. To make or to become vitreous.
vivification (s) (noun), vivications (pl)
1. Having the quality of being active, spirited, or alive and vigorous.
2. The act of being restored to life; revival.
3. Trimming of the surface layer of a wound to aid the union of tissues.
4. Transformation of protein through assimilation into the living matter of cellular organisms.
vivifier (s) (noun), vivifiers (pl)
1. Someone, or something, that makes a situation more active or animated.
2. That which gives new life, or energy, to something.
vivify (verb), vivifies; vivified; vivifying
1. To cause someone, or something, to come to life: When Jane read a story to her daughter, she vivified the dialogs of the characters by speaking in a very animated manner.
2. To give liveliness to something: Tom and Susan tried to vivify their home by painting each room a different color.
3. To make more lively, intense, or striking; to enliven: Mrs. Smart wanted to vivify her English lessons in the 10th grade in Germany by inviting a native speaker in to talk about the life of teenagers in the U.S.
To make more lively or intense.
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