Petrifactive Pet`ri*fac"tive, a. 1. Having the quality of converting organic matter into stone; petrifying. [1913 Webster]

2. Pertaining to, or characterized by, petrifaction. [1913 Webster]

The . . . petrifactive mutations of hard bodies. --Sir T. Browne. [1913 Webster]

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  • petrifactive — adj. of rock, of stone; causing fossilization, causing to turn into stone …   English contemporary dictionary

  • petrifactive — pet·ri·fac·tive …   English syllables

  • petrifactive — | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷|faktiv adjective Etymology: from petrify, after such pairs as English putrefy : putrefactive : having the quality of converting organic matter into stone : petrifying …   Useful english dictionary

  • petrifaction — petrifactive, adj. /pe treuh fak sheuhn/, n. 1. the act or process of petrifying; the state of being petrified. 2. something petrified. Also, petrification /pe treuh fi kay sheuhn/. [1640 50; PETRI + faction < L faction (s. of factio) a making.… …   Universalium

  • Petrific — Pe*trif ic, a. [Cf. F. p[ e]trifique.] Petrifying; petrifactive. [1913 Webster] Death with his mace petrific, cold and dry. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hardening — Synonyms and related words: abidingness, acclimation, acclimatization, accommodation, accustoming, adaption, adjustment, agglutination, arteriosclerosis, atherosclerosis, breaking, breaking in, calcification, callusing, case hardening,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • petrifying — Synonyms and related words: bloodcurdling, hair raising, hardening, indurative, paralyzing, petrifactive, stunning, stupefying, terrifying, terror, terror bearing, terror breathing, terror breeding, terror bringing, terror fraught, terror giving …   Moby Thesaurus

  • petrifaction — /pɛtrəˈfækʃən/ (say petruh fakshuhn) noun 1. the act or process of petrifying. 2. the state of being petrified. 3. something petrified. Also, petrification /pɛtrəfəˈkeɪʃən/ (say petruhfuh kayshuhn). –petrifactive, adjective …   Australian English dictionary

  • petrifaction — [pē΄trifi kā′shənpe΄trə fak′shən] n. [< PETRIFY] 1. a petrifying or being petrified 2. something petrified: Also petrification [pē΄trifi kā′shən] petrifactive adj …   English World dictionary

  • petrific — pə̇.ˈtrifik adjective Etymology: Medieval Latin petrificus, from Latin petra rock, stone + ficus fic : petrifactive …   Useful english dictionary

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