American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A process of fossilization in which dissolved minerals replace organic matter.
- n. The state of being stunned or paralyzed with fear.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Conversion into stone, specifically of organic substances or parts of such: fossilization; replacement of organic matter by some mineral substance, in which process more or less of the form and structure of the organized body is preserved.
- n. An organic substance converted into stone; a fossil. The words petrifaction and fossil are entirely synonymous at the present time. Formerly
fossilwas applied to minerals or mineral substances dug from the earth. whether they did or did not exhibit any traces of organic structure. See fossil.
- n. Figuratively, a rigid or stunned condition resulting from fear, astonishment, etc.
- n. the condition of being petrified
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The process of petrifying, or changing into stone; conversion of any organic matter (animal or vegetable) into stone, or a substance of stony hardness.
- n. The state or condition of being petrified.
- n. That which is petrified; popularly, a body incrusted with stony matter; an incrustation.
- n. Fig.: Hardness; callousness; obduracy.
- n. the process of turning some plant material into stone by infiltration with water carrying mineral particles without changing the original shape
- n. a rock created by petrifaction; an organic object infiltrated with mineral matter and preserved in its original form
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