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  • adj. Extremely afraid.
  • v. Present participle of petrify.


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  • Whisper it in petrified little-boy tones: dead punctuation is invisible to everyone else — yet we see it all the time.


  • We laughed at the talk of an All-Star boycott, flinched at the talk of a strike, and remain petrified that this season could be shut down. - All this, and just a third of the way done

  • At least there weren't any live spiders running around when the Prince - who admitted to being "petrified" - was first instilled with a love of the museum by his late mother Diana,

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  • Even lightning that strikes sandy soils can produce glass, in the form of wickedly shaped fulgurites embedded in the ground and sometimes called petrified lightning.

    Volcanic ash and cotton candy share molecular characteristics with glass

  • The so-called petrified forests near Cairo consist of the stems of trees silicified by the action of the siliceous thermal springs which bubbled forth amid the networks of lagoons existing in these parts in Oligocene times.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 5: Diocese-Fathers of Mercy

  • It might have been called a petrified arbour of very old trunks in flower, but stripped of leaf, forests of pillars, squared or cut in broad panels, carved with regular notches near the base, hollowed through their whole length like rhubarb stalks, channelled like celery.

    En Route

  • Old Crossley had reached the stage that is known as petrified with astonishment.

    Charlie to the Rescue

  • It is a remarkably fine sample of the Gothic order, which Coleridge called petrified religion, and exhibits in all its parts that great achievement of the art, entire harmony of design and execution; while the richness of its ornamentation and its artistic wealth, not to mention, in detail, its gold and silver plate, make it the rival of most other cathedrals in the world, with the possible exception of that at Burgos.

    Due West or Round the World in Ten Months

  • It is not so, however, with the substances that are called petrified vegetables; for these are really stone, and generally of the hardest kind, consisting chiefly of silex.

    Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2 In Which the Elements of that Science Are Familiarly Explained and Illustrated by Experiments

  • The samples Wyatt and his associates display were reportedly analyzed by Galbraith Laboratories of Tennessee and identified as petrified wood, but the laboratory maintains that they were not able to form an opinion on the sample from the tests taken.

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  • My adjectival use: 'She took the petrified children to a safe place.

    August 20, 2011

  • Allows for total satisfaction whenever someone says "petrified log". Bless.

    March 6, 2009