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pe tr faI
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
Word Combinations (verb), Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: petrifies, petrifying, petrified
definition 1: to turn (organic matter) into stone.
Minerals left behind by water petrify wood by replacing woods cells when they die.
similar words:
calcify, deaden, fossilize, freeze, harden, numb, stiffen
definition 2: to make stiff, numb, or lifeless; deaden.
definition 3: to daze or paralyze, as with terror or astonishment.
The sudden scream in the night petrified all the campers.The news of the disaster petrified us.
similar words:
astonish, astound, daze, frighten, immobilize, paralyze, stun, terrify
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to turn into stone; become petrified.
It takes many years for wood to petrify.
similar words:
fossilize, harden, ossify, solidify
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derivations: petrifiable (adj.), petrified (adj.), petrifaction (n.), petrification (n.)
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