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  • n. The process of converting, or of being converted, into a fossil.
  • n. The process of becoming fixed, unchanging, and out of date.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The process of converting, or of being converted, into a fossil.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or process of fossilizing, or converting animal or vegetable substances into fossils or petrifactions; the state of being fossilized Also spelled fossilisation.

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  • n. becoming inflexible or out of date


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  • It might be called the fossilization of religious ideas.

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  • Cyrus, please look up the subject 'fossilization'.

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  • B.C. 117) is already indicative of the "fossilization" of Chinese writing, Huan K'uan at least in his liberal use of the binome retained touch with the spoken language.

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  • Otherwise, the carcass would be destroyed by the influences of erosion, rotting, and weathering before the process of fossilization could start.

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  • The result is generally polarization, lack of commitment, inflexibility, the premature loss of scientific excellence, and fossilization, which are sufficiently familiar and uncomfortable to require no elaboration.

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  • After all, one of the tools that clean economic advocates have used to give the market good information about the true costs of energy has been to propose carbon pricing as a way to realize the value of the fossilization of sunshine.

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  • But really, the climate issue is just a way of trying to grapple with this fundamental uneven marketplace; the incorporation of the "cost of carbon" (because we have used the "fear" lever in the spectrum of fear and greed that the marketplace right now recognizes as the only two drivers for economic activity) is a way of monetizing fossilization in that extracted petroleum, coal, hydrocarbon feedstock.

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  • Moreover, Lewis seemed to be dismissive – or perhaps unaware – of the argument that premature lexicalization might cause fossilization.

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  • Can you expand a bit on the idea that ‘premature lexicalization might cause fossilization’?

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  • It's not like we can use math to approximate how many there were based on the incidence of our findings and our knowledge of the fossilization process, or anything.

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