Fossilization



[fos-uh-lahyz] /ˈfɒs əˌlaɪz/

verb (used with object), fossilized, fossilizing.
1.
Geology. to convert into a ; replace organic with mineral substances in the remains of an organism.
2.
to change as if into mere lifeless remains or traces of the past.
3.
to make rigidly antiquated:
Time has fossilized such methods.
verb (used without object), fossilized, fossilizing.
4.
to become a or fossillike:
The plant fossilized in comparatively recent geologic time.
5.
Linguistics. (of a linguistic form, feature, rule, etc.) to become permanently established in the interlanguage of a second-language learner in a form that is deviant from the target-language norm and that continues to appear in performance regardless of further exposure to the target language.
/ˈfɒsɪˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
to convert or be converted into a fossil
2.
to become or cause to become antiquated or inflexible
v.

1794, from fossil + -ize. Figurative use from 1856. Related: Fossilized; fossilizing.

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