Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To convert into stone: more commonly petrify.
  • To become converted into stone.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To turn sediment into solid rock

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

lith- + -ify

Examples

  • Re “The crinoid would have to be buried in a marine environment; the sediment would have to lithify and turn to chert SiO2; then be weathered and a chert fragment swallowed by a dinosaur; …”

    Plesiosaur poop! - The Panda's Thumb

  • Immediately, she began to roam, examining the stalactites that hung from the ceiling, still forming, still dripping with water, each drop leaving a minute quantity of calcium which would harden and lithify, gradually growing the inverted steeple of mineral deposits longer and longer.

    Mosaic

  • Immediately, she began to roam, examining the stalactites that hung from the ceiling, still forming, still dripping with water, each drop leaving a minute quantity of calcium which would harden and lithify, gradually growing the inverted steeple of mineral deposits longer and longer.

    Star Trek Voyager Mosaic

  • Immediately, she began to roam, examining the stalactites that hung from the ceiling, still forming, still dripping with water, each drop leaving a minute quantity of calcium which would harden and lithify, gradually growing the inverted steeple of mineral deposits longer and longer.

    Star Trek Voyager Mosaic

  • (Editor's note, this title is inspired in part by Paul Graham's essay, lithify. me for being excited to join forces with a couple of determined designers!)

    Carsonified » Blog

  • (Editor's note, this title is inspired in part by Paul Graham's essay, lithify. me for being excited to join forces with a couple of determined designers!)

    Carsonified » Blog

  • The crinoid would have to be buried in a marine environment; the sediment would have to lithify and turn to chert SiO2; then be weathered and a chert fragment swallowed by a dinosaur; and then the hard chert had to be rounded and polished in the dinosaur’s digestive system.

    Plesiosaur poop! - The Panda's Thumb

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