(Os"si*fy) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ossified ; p. pr. & vb. n. Ossifying ] [L. os, ossis, bone + -
fy: cf. F. ossifier. See Osseous.]
1. (Physiol.) To form into bone; to change from a soft animal substance into bone, as by the deposition
of lime salts.
2. Fig.: To harden; as, to ossify the heart. Ruskin.
(Os"si*fy), v. i. (Physiol.) To become bone; to change from a soft tissue to a hard bony tissue.
(Os"si*fy`ing) a. (Physiol.) Changing into bone; becoming bone; as, the ossifying process.
(Os*siv"o*rous) a. [L. os, ossis, bone + vorare to devour: cf. F. ossivore.] Feeding on
bones; eating bones; as, ossivorous quadrupeds. Derham.
(Os"spring*er) n. The osprey. [R.]
(||Os`su*a"ri*um) n. [L.] A charnel house; an ossuary. Walpole.
(Os"su*a*ry) n.; pl. -ries [L. ossuarium, fr. ossuarius of or bones, fr. os, ossis, bone: cf. F.
ossuaire.] A place where the bones of the dead are deposited; a charnel house. [Obs.] Sir T. Browne.
(Ost) n. See Oast.
(Os"te*al) a. Osseous.
(Os"te*in) n. Ossein.
(||Os`te*i"tis) n. [NL. See Osteo-, and -itis.] (Med.) Inflammation of bone.
(Os"tel*er) n. Same as Hosteler. Wyclif.
(Os*tend") v. t. [L. ostendere to show.] To exhibit; to manifest. [Obs.]
Mercy to mean offenders we'll ostend.J. Webster.
(Os*ten`si*bil"i*ty) n. The quality or state of being ostensible.
(Os*ten"si*ble) a. [From L. ostensus, p. p. of ostendere to show, prop., to stretch out before; fr.
prefix obs- (old form of ob-) + tendere to stretch. See Tend.]
1. Capable of being shown; proper or intended to be shown. [R.] Walpole.
2. Shown; exhibited; declared; avowed; professed; apparent; often used as opposed to real or actual; as,
an ostensible reason, motive, or aim. D. Ramsay.
(Os*ten"si*bly) adv. In an ostensible manner; avowedly; professedly; apparently. Walsh.
Ostensibly, we were intended to prevent filibustering into Texas, but really as a menace to Mexico.U. S.
(Os*ten"sion) n. [L. ostensio a showing: cf. F. ostension. See Ostend.] (Eccl.) The showing
of the sacrament on the altar in order that it may receive the adoration of the communicants.
(Os*ten"sive) a. Showing; exhibiting.