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To take something inherently temporary and tenuous and preserve it by making a separate, permanent rendering of it. The rendering may be either concrete or abstract.
I knew her habit of smoking would kill her skin soon, so I got out my camera and calcified her face while I could.

We all would have forgotten that our town won the Little League World Series in 1999 if the newspaper didn't calcify it.

I know Mark will never like me back, but at least I was able to calcify my feelings for him into a poem.
by 473927 June 29, 2013
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