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- n. the process of replacing the organic residues of plants (and animals) with insoluble salts, the original shape and topography being retained
- n. obduracy; callousness
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See petrifaction.
- n. Fig.: Obduracy; callousness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as petrifaction.
- n. Obduracy; callousness.
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
When Anthony Perkins starts slashing at the curtain, I think my entire body was frozen in petrification.
The process in which wood is preserved by permineralization, commonly known as petrification, takes extensive amounts of time.
Ashfall leaves tree trunks vertical in strata for subsequent mineralization and petrification.
"Well," he snarled, "I suppose I gotta give you cheap skates a drink when I ain't got more'n enough for a good petrification for myself."
Instant petrification or slow and gory torturous death?
The young warrior is captured by a demon, and actually will need a bit of magical talisman help given he has the demon's boss wizard and his petrification ray to deal with as well.
So, for instance, the older and etymologically correct but less common petrification has achieved great popularity from its use in D&D and is now over twice as common on the Internet (41000 to 17400 Google pages) over the formerly standard petrifaction.
Warning: In the event of accidental petrification, consult a sorcerer or deity of your choice.
Alas, he waited too long, overshot the mark, and heard his voice go well beyond evenness into petrification.
Do you think that petrification is what happens to dogs after eating that wiener extravaganza?
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