fossilisation

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fossilisation becoming inflexible or out of date
    • n fossilisation the process of fossilizing a plant or animal that existed in some earlier age; the process of being turned to stone
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • fossilisation See fossilization, fossilize.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Fossilisation a changing into a fossil
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. fossile—L. fossilisfodĕre, to dig.

Usage

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
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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
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