• WordNet 3.6
    • v fossilise become mentally inflexible
    • v fossilise convert to a fossil "The little animals fossilized and are now embedded in the limestone"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • vs.t Fossilise to convert into a fossil
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. fossile—L. fossilisfodĕre, to dig.


In literature:

In the absence of water their frames would not be preserved and fossilised.
"The Story of Evolution" by Joseph McCabe
I was getting fossilised myself, but of late my stock of ideas has been very much enlarged.
"She" by H. Rider Haggard
These are said to be fossilised bones of Boogoodoogahdah's victims.
"The Euahlayi Tribe" by K. Langloh Parker
He had reached his zenith, I suppose: had begun to fossilise, as men do when they cease to grow.
"Oscar Wilde, Volume 2 (of 2)" by Frank Harris
Saccharine is a mineral substance, a fossilised product of putrefactive action in the coal age.
"The Healthy Life, Vol. V, Nos. 24-28" by Various
There is no respect now of Handel nor of Shakespeare; the works of Rembrandt and Bellini fossilise at the bottom of the sea.
"Selections from Previous Worksand Remarks on Romanes' Mental Evolution in Animals" by Samuel Butler
Truth which is not growing is becoming fossilised.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
The young man was not fossilised.
"The Uncalled" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
And, perhaps for that reason, it has had no development, but remains fossilised where it was in the fifteenth century.
"Appearances" by Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
Some fossilised member of the Academy would stand about roasting his toes over the stove.
"The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Harry Furniss
If you don't take care, he'll fossilise, and you'll have to put him in the British Museum.
"His Lordship's Leopard" by David Dwight Wells
He thinks so much of his name because it's a fossilised old concern which has been in the county since Noah.
"Furze the Cruel" by John Trevena
Disraeli is a fossilised bygone to this generation; though in the political arena he was the most glittering performer of his day.
"Bygones Worth Remembering, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Jacob Holyoake
He is not as fossilised as he looks.
"Coelebs" by F.E. Mills Young
A dozen fossilised Plantagenets spoil all the fun for yards round.
"Dodo Wonders" by E. F. Benson
Why don't you get rid of him, and have some one less fossilised?
"The Under-Secretary" by William Le Queux

In science:

Usually, it is very difficult to date the origin and death of a species, because not enough of its individuals become fossilised.
Biological Evolution and Statistical Physics