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  • adj. Of ideas or attitudes, inflexible, old-fashioned.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of ossify.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Changed to bone or something resembling bone; hardened by deposits of mineral matter of any kind; -- said of tissues.

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

  • adj. set in a rigidly conventional pattern of behavior, habits, or beliefs


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  • Analogous to the bony tissues are the so-called ossified (really, calcified) arteries.

    McClure's Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 6, May, 1896

  • Introducing the annual report today, Thompson said that setting "appropriate limits" for the BBC's online operation would not mean that services "ossified".

    Trust endorses 25% budget cut to BBC online services

  • “The existing seem has been kind of ossified,” he said.

    The End of eBay’s Egalitarianism - Bits Blog -

  • Instead, they argue, Republicans need to be seen as a party with new ideas for reforming "ossified" features of that very government, particularly regulatory and tort systems that are behind the times, and an education system that needs to make teachers both better paid and more accountable for their performance.

    Democrats' Woes Won't Cure GOP

  • To inspire the state, Spitzer vows to flush out the "ossified" systems of government in Albany; to spur the economy, he wants to trim taxes and lance a bloated health-care system.

    The Democrats' Engine Room

  • If anything indicates the trouble we are in, it has to be the dessicated, ossified, meaningless mumbo-jumbo of church ritual today.

    Dawg's Blawg

  • Is that something you really want to see, that kind of ossified thinking in a bureaucratic organization like Homeland Security?

    CNN Transcript Jul 21, 2005

  • DOBBS: The Columbia accident investigation board, as you know, they basically demanded that that kind of ossified response that was repetitive of the bureaucracy, frankly, of NASA.

    CNN Transcript Jul 26, 2005

  • So that around the bones there eventually appears a beautiful turquoise casing; the bone centre is also coloured like its casing, though not entirely losing its bony characteristics, so that it really forms a kind of ossified turquoise, surrounded by real turquoise, and this is called the "bone turquoise" or "odontolite."

    The Chemistry, Properties and Tests of Precious Stones

  • Islam has been "ossified," _i. e._, rendered rigid and unprogressive.

    Notes on Islam


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