Definition of fossilize in English:

fossilize

(also fossilise)

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Preserve (an animal or plant) so that it becomes a fossil.

    ‘the hard parts of the body are readily fossilized’
    • ‘The Joggins Formation, on the coast of Nova Scotia, contains fossilized trees five to six metres in height preserved upright in layers of sandstone and shale, as well as numerous coal seams.’
    • ‘Phytosaurs are particularly useful for biozonation because these large river and swamp-dwelling animals were frequently fossilized.’
    • ‘The merging occurs near the apertural margin, indicating the specimen was fossilized shortly after ontogenetic merging.’
    • ‘Small fish bones, delicate leaves, even animal skin have been fossilized and beautifully preserved.’
    • ‘They are so named because they originate from the decayed and fossilized remains of plants and animals that lived millions of years ago.’
    • ‘Today more than a dozen transitional whale fossils have been unearthed - an excellent series for such rarely fossilized animals.’
    • ‘Calculating when this Atlantic lineage originated is difficult, since the results now call into question the identity of many fossilized corals.’
    • ‘As such, they have been found fossilized in Jurassic and Cretaceous deposits, and have been used to reconstruct paleoclimates.’
    • ‘Here bats, fossilised coral, stalagmites and stalactites can all be found.’
    • ‘Recent excavations in the region have uncovered fossilised remains of sea dinosaurs and other creatures that once frequented these watery wastes.’
    • ‘Our data set includes only fossilized specimens and all of them are from an extinct genus of class Stenolaemata, the dominant Paleozoic class of bryozoans.’
    • ‘No in situ fossilized trees were found preserved within channel sandstone bodies.’
    • ‘But one colour alone can look magical: chokers made from cool blue lace agate or fossilised Tibetan coral are dazzling.’
    • ‘Many fossilized insects and animal fossils are identical to those living today.’
    • ‘In addition to their possible connection with Brown's discovery, these T. rex fossils also were found to contain coprolites, fossilized remains of the dinosaur's last meal.’
    • ‘The coastline resembles the gaping, dislocated jaws of some fossilised dinosaur that once roamed here, but time has rendered it harmless and tides have scattered its teeth to form countless islands.’
    • ‘In the vicinity of many fossilized animals, there is an absence of these algae, indicative of a heterogeneous environment.’
    • ‘The combination of fossils and gouged marks created a metaphoric interplay between fossilized creatures and shelled victims.’
    • ‘Personally, I'm happy to spend my time doing the delicate work of digging out dinosaur bones, and not having to be responsible for a several-ton fossilized tree.’
    • ‘Spiders are rarely fossilized since they have no hard skeleton and usually thrive away from water, where sediments ideal for fossils accumulate.’
    petrified, ossified
    archaic, antiquated, antediluvian, old-fashioned, quaint, outdated, outmoded, behind the times, anachronistic, stuck in time
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    1. 1.1[no object]Become a fossil.
      ‘flowers do not readily fossilize’
      • ‘Clearly, such behaviors do not fossilize directly and have to be inferred from anatomy.’
      • ‘Such microorganisms could trap sediments and precipitate limestone, and though they rarely fossilized, they did leave characteristic freestanding mounds and columns, built on the seafloor.’
      • ‘It's made of wood and left to fossilize: to gather minerals and geologically imprint itself on the side of a mountain.’
      • ‘Thus, for example, he argues that such elements were present in osteostraci, but failed to fossilize.’
      • ‘Fossilized bones say nothing about external layers, and skin and clothes don't fossilize well.’
      • ‘Only a few families and genera are known; this appears to have been a small group, or alternatively to have frequented areas where they would not have easily fossilized.’
      • ‘When the bones were brought to the Montana State University's lab, it was noticed that ‘some parts deep inside the long bone of the leg had not completely fossilized.’’
      • ‘However, the paucity of modern cycad trunks to cycadeoid trunks in the fossil record suggests that the modern cycad trunks did not fossilize as readily as the extinct variety.’
      • ‘They fossilize readily and in recognizable form because the interlocking desmas retain the original form of the sponge.’
      • ‘What is stupid of Fred is to ask for detailed fossil data from organisms that don't fossilize well.’
      • ‘Morphological species are important in palaeontology, for interbreeding ability does not fossilize.’
      • ‘Bird bones are thin, small and hollow and do not fossilize well; but we are gradually accumulating a good many enantiornithine - and perhaps even archaeornithine - fossils.’
      • ‘The fact is that organisms fossilize only under certain specific conditions.’
      • ‘Attachment of quartz and kaolinite to the surface of lobster eggs demonstrates experimentally for the first time that soft tissues could fossilize in pre-existing minerals.’
      • ‘However, most modern dinocysts reach sediments before germination, and some of these can fossilize without excystment structure formation.’
      • ‘In the Recent, other candidates can be found, but only in taxa that typically fossilize poorly, so first occurrences cannot be dated with confidence.’
      • ‘In all but the most extraordinary conditions, pneumatized bones are the only traces of the respiratory system that fossilize.’
      • ‘DNA data is directly comparable across all extant organisms, including those that do not fossilize well such as soft bodied taxa, and contains information for the entire history of every lineage.’
      • ‘It's not conclusive evidence for the evolution of flight - and since behavior doesn't fossilize, one can never be certain.’
      • ‘This ham, flour, and hat have not even taken 110 years to fossilize.’
    2. 1.2Become or cause to become fixed and incapable of change or development.
      [with object] ‘we want to see a working countryside—we don't want to see it fossilized’
      • ‘Canons of literature may fossilize their subject and reduce its study to dry memorization for its own sake.’
      • ‘This atmosphere had the weird property of deadening and fossilising every thing that slid under its sway.’
      • ‘Thus, Aristotle's teleological ideas were able to fossilize into a relic that was used as the template against which new ideas were tested.’
      • ‘The tragedy of Gemini is that he got fossilised in one type of portrayal.’
      • ‘It is argued that due to the practical constraints imposed on L2 learning, a majority of L2 words fossilize at the second stage.’
      • ‘On the other hand, modernisers claim that the game will fossilise if something is not done to stir interest.’
      • ‘At this stage, many learners stop, their capacity fossilized.’
      • ‘Why should modern reverence of ancient deities force them to fossilize when they were clearly organic and changeable in the past?’
      • ‘The church that does not evangelise must surely fossilise!’
      • ‘Our evolutionary heritage is not completely fossilized; it can in some respects alter itself in response to the conditions in which we grow up.’
      • ‘She calls him, ‘my first love,’ as if the feelings have fossilised.’
      • ‘‘I think people have to ask themselves what they are doing in jobs that cause them to freeze and fossilise when they could be doing something that really challenges them,’ he says.’
      • ‘For Zen, however, this need for permanence fossilizes what is both beautiful and sacred.’
      • ‘I say the problem lies with the late introduction of English language which is delayed until the child's brain fossilises.’
      • ‘He was one of the most extreme of the extremists, once described by The Nation as ‘an able young man whose ideas have tragically fossilized.’’
      • ‘The system is bureaucratic, distorts land use and fossilises the countryside and businesses.’

Pronunciation:

fossilize

/ˈfɒsɪlʌɪz//ˈfɒs(ə)lʌɪz/