Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Tending to turn into glass.
  • adj. Capable of being turned into glass.
  • adj. Resembling glass; vitreous.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. That can become glassy.
  • adj. Characteristic of glass; vitreous.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of being formed into glass; tending to become glass.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Turning into glass; tending to become glass.

Etymologies

Latin vitrum, glass + -escent.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
c 1850 vitri- + -escent (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This idea of the production of nodules of flint in chalk-beds is countenanced from the iron which generally appears as these flints become decomposed by the air; which by uniting with the iron in their composition reduces it from a vitrescent state to that of calx, and thus renders it visible.

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