Definitions of fossil

  1. someone whose style is out of fashion
  2. A substance dug from the earth.
  3. The remains of an animal or plant found in stratified rocks. Most fossils belong to extinct species, but many of the later ones belong to species still living.
  4. A person whose views and opinions are extremely antiquated; one whose sympathies are with a former time rather than with the present.
  5. Any organic body, as an animal or plant, which by burial in the earth has become petrified or changed to stone; a person old- fashioned in his ideas.
  6. A word which in its widest and literal sense means whatever is dug out of the earth, so that it includes all minerals and rocks, as well as the organic remains embedded in rocks, the former being the native fossils, the latter the extraneous fossils of older writers. It is now, however, restricted to designate the petrified forms of plants and animals which occur in the strata that compose the surface of our globe. Most of these fossil species, many of the genera, and some of the families, are extinct. When these remains are only partially fossilized, and occur in superficial or recent deposits, the term sub- fossil is employed.
  7. A fossil substance.
  8. Found in the earth in a petrified state.
  9. A body, as the petrified form of a plant or an animal, preserved in earth or rock.
  10. A person or thing out of date.
  11. A substance dug from the earth; a petrified plant or animal occurring in the strata of the earth's surface; anything organic gone to petrifaction. See Fosse.
  12. A mineral dug out of the earth; the remains of plants and animals imbedded in the earth's crust and changed into a stony consistence.
  13. Petrified animal or plant, or portion thereof, found in rocks.
  14. Dug out of the earth; as, fossil coal; fossil salt.
  15. Like or pertaining to fossils; contained in rocks, whether petrified or not; as, fossil plants, shells.
  16. Pertaining to, of the nature of, or converted into, a fossil; dug from the earth.
  17. Dug out of the earth; as, fossil coal, fossil salt: pertaining to or resembling fossils; changed into stone; petrified; as, fossil shells, bones, or wood.
  18. Petrified; outworn; antiquated.
  19. Dug out of the earth; in the state of a fossil; petrified.
  20. Dug out of the earth.