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  • n. Alternative spelling of fossilization.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See fossilization, fossilize.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the process of fossilizing a plant or animal that existed in some earlier age; the process of being turned to stone
  • n. becoming inflexible or out of date

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Examples

  • The former hypothesis has some justification, for Chinese prose was sufficiently young to have escaped, as yet, on the whole, the later processes of "fossilisation", by being divorced from the actual spoken language. 3

    Discourses On Salt and Iron

  • Studies of fossilisation (now known as stabilisation) suggested that learners who are not encouraged to, or even discouraged from, ‘adding grammar’ are stuck in the pre-syntactic, lexical phase.

    L is for (Michael) Lewis « An A-Z of ELT

  • Studies of fossilisation now known as stabilisation suggested that learners who are not encouraged to, or even discouraged from, ‘adding grammar’ are stuck in the pre-syntactic, lexical phase.

    L is for (Michael) Lewis « An A-Z of ELT

  • Witness her attacks on the saintly Vincent Gray – “brain fossilisation” etc.

    Pain in Maine, but they can measure rain « Climate Audit

  • Not the kind of oozing rot one might find in the depths of some leafy jungle or in a fetid swamp but rather a peculiar kind of desiccation that bordered on fossilisation as if all moisture had been sucked from the sea.

    beneath an opal moon

  • -- To return to the general argument pursued in this chapter, it is assumed, for reasons above explained, that a slow change of species is in simultaneous operation everywhere throughout the habitable surface of sea and land; whereas the fossilisation of plants and animals is confined to those areas where new strata are produced.

    The Harvard Classics Volume 38 Scientific Papers (Physiology, Medicine, Surgery, Geology)

  • This quaint ceremonial, still annually observed in the secluded capital of Buddhism-the Rome of Asia-is interesting because it exhibits, in a clearly marked religious stratification, a series of divine redeemers themselves redeemed, of vicarious sacrifices vicariously atoned for, of gods undergoing a process of fossilisation, who, while they retain the privileges, have disburdened themselves of the pains and penalties of divinity.

    The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion

  • This quaint ceremonial, still annually observed in the secluded capital of Buddhism—the Rome of Asia—is interesting because it exhibits, in a clearly marked religious stratification, a series of divine redeemers themselves redeemed, of vicarious sacrifices vicariously atoned for, of gods undergoing a process of fossilisation, who, while they retain the privileges, have disburdened themselves of the pains and penalties of divinity.

    Chapter 57. Public Scapegoats. § 3. The Periodic Expulsion of Evils in a Material Vehicle

  • -- "'The Making of Species' will do much to arrest the fossilisation of biological science in England."

    A Bird Calendar for Northern India

  • —To return to the general argument pursued in this chapter, it is assumed, for reasons above explained, that a slow change of species is in simultaneous operation everywhere throughout the habitable surface of sea and land; whereas the fossilisation of plants and animals is confined to those areas where new strata are produced.

    II. Uniformity Of Change

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