Meaning of FOSSIL in English

— fossillike , adj.

/fos"euhl/ , n.

1. any remains, impression, or trace of a living thing of a former geologic age, as a skeleton, footprint, etc.

2. a markedly outdated or old-fashioned person or thing.

3. a linguistic form that is archaic except in certain restricted contexts, as nonce in for the nonce, or that follows a rule or pattern that is no longer productive, as the sentence So be it.


4. of the nature of a fossil: fossil insects.

5. belonging to a past epoch or discarded system; antiquated: a fossil approach to economics.

[ 1555-65; fossilis dug up (Cf. fodere to dig); r. earlier fossile ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .