Petrified
Petrify Pet"ri*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Petrified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Petrifying}.] [L. petra rock, Gr. ? (akin to ? a stone) + -fy: cf. F. p['e]trifier. Cf. {Parrot}, {Petrel}, {Pier}.] 1. To convert, as any animal or vegetable matter, into stone or stony substance. [1913 Webster]

A river that petrifies any sort of wood or leaves. --Kirwan. [1913 Webster]

2. To make callous or obdurate; to stupefy; to paralyze; to transform; as by petrifaction; as, to petrify the heart. Young. ``Petrifying accuracy.'' --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

And petrify a genius to a dunce. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

The poor, petrified journeyman, quite unconscious of what he was doing. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]

A hideous fatalism, which ought, logically, to petrify your volition. --G. Eliot. [1913 Webster]


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  • petrified — UK [ˈpetrɪfaɪd] / US [ˈpetrɪˌfaɪd] adjective 1) extremely frightened, especially so that you cannot move or decide what to do petrified of: She is absolutely petrified of snakes. 2) science a petrified plant or animal has died and gradually… …   English dictionary

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