Petrifaction Pet`ri*fac"tion, n. [See {Petrify}.] 1. The process of petrifying, or changing into stone; conversion of any organic matter (animal or vegetable) into stone, or a substance of stony hardness. [1913 Webster]

2. The state or condition of being petrified. [1913 Webster]

3. That which is petrified; popularly, a body incrusted with stony matter; an incrustation. [1913 Webster]

4. Fig.: Hardness; callousness; obduracy. ``Petrifaction of the soul.'' --Cudworth. [1913 Webster]

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