calcified calcified  /ˈkæl sə ˌfaɪd/

Definition(s):

  1. (v) become impregnated with calcium salts
  2. (v) become inflexible and unchanging
  3. (v) turn into lime; become calcified
  4. (v) convert into lime

Usage(s):

  1. One tends to think of the bones as inert, calcified structures, but they are, in fact, active tissues that constantly renew themselves.
  2. By the 1950s, as the middle class expanded, the custom had calcified into a hard-and-fast rule.
  3. Its political structure has calcified, corruption concerns have multiplied and the population is cleaving along ethnic lines.

News

  • Researchers unravel reasons of global success in the calcified alga Emiliania huxleyi

    In collaboration with an international team of researchers, scientists at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, have sequenced the genome of the calcified alga Emiliania huxleyi and have found an explanation for the enormous adaptive potential and global distribution of this unicellular alga.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: EurekAlert!

Quotes

  1. "The new Carolingian order," Lewis writes, "was religiously intolerant, intellectually impoverished, socially calcified, and economically primitive. Measured by these same vectors of religion, culture, class and prosperity, Abd al-Raman's...
    on Apr 23, 2008 By: David Levering Lewis Source: California Literary Review

  2. Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, according to an announcement, "tells the story of Jackson's rise from a humble frontier background to battle the British, the Spanish, Native Americans and a young nation's already calcified political system, bringing...
    on Dec 19, 2007 By: Andrew Jackson Source: Playbill.com

  3. "The injury has calcified or started to heal and is at a point where he can at least start doing some light stuff with it to kind of evaluate where you are," Hamilton said.
    on Feb 19, 2007 By: Leonard Hamilton Source: Tallahassee.com

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amalgamation amalgamation
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