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- v. To petrify (as a mineral, to harden).
- v. To become stone, to turn to stone.
- v. To immobilize.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make stony; petrify.
No doubt if I died on deck my body would be frozen as stiff as the figure on the rocks; but, though it was very conceivable that I might perish of cold in the cabin by sitting still, I was sure the temperature below had not the severity to stonify me to the granite of the men at the table.
Meanwhile, let him not believe that his big looking title can, like Gorgon’s head, blockify or stonify rational men, so as they shall not perceive the want or weakness of argument.