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Meaning of PETRIFY

Pronunciation:  'petru`fI

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  cause to become stone-like or stiff or dazed and stunned; "The horror petrified his feelings"; "Fear petrified her thinking"
  2. [v]  make rigid and set into a conventional pattern; "rigidify the training schedule"; "ossified teaching methods"; "slogans petrify our thinking"
  3. [v]  change into stone; "the wood petrified with time"

PETRIFY is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: lapidify, ossify, rigidify
 See Also: blunt, deaden, fossilise, fossilize, stiffen



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pet"ri*fy\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Petrified}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Petrifying}.] [L. petra rock, Gr. ? (akin to ? a
    stone) + -fy: cf. F. p['e]trifier. Cf. {Parrot}, {Petrel},
    1. To convert, as any animal or vegetable matter, into stone
       or stony substance.
             A river that petrifies any sort of wood or leaves.
    2. To make callous or obdurate; to stupefy; to paralyze; to
       transform; as by petrifaction; as, to petrify the heart.
       Young. ``Petrifying accuracy.'' --Sir W. Scott.
             And petrify a genius to a dunce.      --Pope.
             The poor, petrified journeyman, quite unconscious of
             what he was doing.                    --De Quincey.
             A hideous fatalism, which ought, logically, to
             petrify your volition.                --G. Eliot.
  2. \Pet"ri*fy\, v. i.
    1. To become stone, or of a stony hardness, as organic matter
       by calcareous deposits.
    2. Fig.: To become stony, callous, or obdurate.
             Like Niobe we marble grow, And petrify with grief.
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