from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A process of fossilization in which dissolved minerals replace organic matter.
- n. The state of being stunned or paralyzed with fear.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the condition of being petrified
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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.
from The 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.
- n. Figuratively, a rigid or stunned condition resulting from fear, astonishment, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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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