From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Nitrify \Ni"tri*fy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Nitrified; p. pr. &
   vb. n. Nitrifying.] [Niter + -fy: cf. F. nitrifer. See
   Niter.] (Chem.)
   To combine or impregnate with nitrogen; to convert, by
   oxidation, into nitrous or nitric acid; to subject to, or
   produce by, nitrification.
   [1913 Webster]
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