petrify definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • To convert (wood or other natural matter) into a stony replica by petrifaction.
    • To cause to become stiff or stonelike; deaden.
    • To stun or paralyze with horror; daze.
    • to transform, as any pet or veggie matter, into stone or stony material.
    • which will make callous or obdurate; to stupefy; to paralyze; to change; as by petrifaction. Younger.
  • verb-intransitive:
    • to be stony, particularly by petrifaction.
    • to be rock, or of a stony hardness, as natural matter by calcareous build up.
    • Fig.: To become stony, callous, or obdurate.
  • verb:
    • To solidify organic matter by permeating with liquid and depositing dissolved nutrients.
    • to create rigidness similar to rock.
    • To immobilize with fright.
    • In order to become rock, or of a stony hardness, as organic matter by calcareous deposits.
    • In order to become stony, callous, or obdurate.
    • cause to be stonelike or rigid or dazed and stunned
    • become rock
    • make rigid and set into the standard design
  • others:
    • to transform into stone or a stony compound; turn into rock.
    • to produce hard as stone; render hard or callous: because, to petrify the heart.
    • To paralyze or stupefy as with worry or amazement: because, to petrify one with astonishment.
    • In order to become stone or of a stony stiffness, as organic matter by means of calcareous or any other deposits with its cavities; ergo, to improve into lifeless stiffness or rigidity.

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