Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To convert (wood or other organic matter) into a stony replica by petrifaction.
  • transitive verb To cause to lose vitality or become impervious to change; deaden.
  • transitive verb To stun or paralyze with terror; daze.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To convert into stone or a stony substance; change into stone.
  • To make hard as stone; render hard or callous: as, to petrify the heart.
  • To paralyze or stupefy as with fear or amazement: as, to petrify one with astonishment.
  • To become stone or of a stony hardness, as organic matter by means of calcareous or other deposits in its cavities; hence, to change into lifeless hardness or rigidity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To become stone, or of a stony hardness, as organic matter by calcareous deposits.
  • intransitive verb Fig.: To become stony, callous, or obdurate.
  • transitive verb To convert, as any animal or vegetable matter, into stone or stony substance.
  • transitive verb To make callous or obdurate; to stupefy; to paralyze; to transform; as by petrifaction. Young.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To harden organic matter by permeating with water and depositing dissolved minerals.
  • verb To produce rigidness akin to stone.
  • verb To immobilize with fright.
  • verb intransitive To become stone, or of a stony hardness, as organic matter by calcareous deposits.
  • verb intransitive, figuratively To become stony, callous, or obdurate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb cause to become stonelike or stiff or dazed and stunned
  • verb change into stone
  • verb make rigid and set into a conventional pattern

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English petrifien, to harden, from Old French petrifier : Latin petra, rock (from Greek petrā; see per- in Indo-European roots) + Old French -fier, -fy.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Medieval Latin petrificare, from petra ("rock")

Examples

  • The build-up of petrify occurs when petrify is churned in colder weather.

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  • The build-up of petrify occurs when petrify is churned in colder weather.

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  • TIFF image. iBlaze 3.0 now allows you to "petrify" an electronic document as either color or black & white.

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  • We shouldn't "petrify" him but continue to think for ourselves and our times utilizing his insights and, more importantly, his approach. (my take)

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  • Dave sensitive a members of a Board which a organisation was cleaning a petrify mixer.

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  • BCPT has supposing BRP with giveaway engineering services is courtesy to petrify correct to petrify correct upon Project structures.

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  • MSNBC's Ed Schultz said the outcome left "Republicans scrambling" while the Washington Post's E.J. Dionne said "it will petrify" Republicans.

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  • BCPT has supposing BRP with giveaway engineering services is courtesy to petrify correct to petrify correct upon Project structures.

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  • The welfare states as follows: Yes, Dave Schwarz is part owners of a petrify association with Victor Li, Gregor Fischer, Michael Lepech, Tim Schwarz, as well as Deb Schwarz.

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  • Dave explained which by a freeze thaw cycles it deteriorates a petrify if a H2O is pumped out of a siphons.

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