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solidify

[suh-lid-uh-fahy] /səˈlɪd əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), solidified, solidifying.
1.
to make solid; make into a hard or compact mass; change from a liquid or gaseous to a solid form.
2.
to unite firmly or consolidate.
3.
to form into crystals; make crystallized.
verb (used without object), solidified, solidifying.
4.
to become solid.
5.
to form into crystals; become crystallized.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; < French solidifier. See solid, -ify
Related forms
solidifiability, solidifiableness, noun
solidifiable, adjective
solidification, noun
solidifier, noun
nonsolidification, noun
nonsolidified, adjective
nonsolidifying, adjective
oversolidification, noun
oversolidify, verb (used with object), oversolidified, oversolidifying.
resolidification, noun
resolidify, verb, resolidified, resolidifying.
unsolidified, adjective
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Examples from the web for solidification
  • solidification, as it is called, takes about a year.
  • The self-solidification of the true egotist acts as a wall between him and people.
  • Sulfur polymer cement, a solidification and stabilization agent for hazardous and radioactive wastes.
  • solidification encapsulates the contaminant, while stabilization physically alters or binds with the contaminant.
  • solidification shrinkage is the term used for this contraction.
British Dictionary definitions for solidification

solidify

/səˈlɪdɪˌfaɪ/
verb -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
to make or become solid or hard
2.
to make or become strong, united, determined, etc
Derived Forms
solidifiable, adjective
solidification, noun
solidifier, noun
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Word Origin and History for solidification
n.

1811; noun of action from solidify. Earlier was solidation (1540s).

solidify

v.

1799 (transitive); 1837 (intransitive), from French solidifier, from Old French solide (see solid (adj.)) + -fier (see -fy). Related: Solidified; solidifying.

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