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 (pĕt′rə-făk′shən) also pet·ri·fi·ca·tion (-fĭ-kā′shən)
1. A process of fossilization in which dissolved minerals replace organic matter.
2. The state of being stunned or paralyzed with fear.

petrification, petrifaction

See also: Processes
See also: Stones
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.petrification - the process of turning some plant material into stone by infiltration with water carrying mineral particles without changing the original shape
fossilisation, fossilization - the process of fossilizing a plant or animal that existed in some earlier age; the process of being turned to stone
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Well," he snarled, "I suppose I gotta give you cheap skates a drink when I ain't got more'n enough for a good petrification for myself.
The crisp leaves of holly, mistletoe, and ivy reflected back the light, as if so many little mirrors had been scattered there; and such a mighty blaze went roaring up the chimney, as that dull petrification of a hearth had never known in Scrooge's time, or Marley's, or for many and many a winter season gone.
Autrement dit, [beaucoup moins que]les informations faisant etat de la petrification de la viande a cause de la nature de l'alimentation du betail ou d'une maladie grave, sont infondees et relevent du pur mensonge[beaucoup plus grand que], a martele Aziz Akhannouch.
Tenders are invited for Construction of Residential & Non-residential buildings incljdinq a petrification for Home Guard Training Center, at .
The field journal excerpt also reveals another aspect inherent to the streets-based code, which is the subject's petrification by a totalizing discourse that does not allow him to reflect on his social place (1).
A will be introducing Warring States Qin Kingdom, which introduces five new officers with designs being revamped and improvised to a more spectacular combat display, and are also capable of casting new status effects, namely Paralysis and Petrification.
Calvino thoroughly catalogues in his notes the motifs from the Medusa myth that are repeated in Pitre's folk tale: Danae's isolation that still does not prevent her from giving birth to a child; the Medusa enterprise imposed upon Perseus by King Polydectes; the power to fly (in our tale on a horse, in the myth with winded sandals); the three Gray Women who share one eye and one tooth among them; the silver shield used as a mirror to view Medusa safely; blood that transforms into serpents; the freeing of Andromeda from the monster; and King Polydectes' petrification (Fiabe italiane 1077-1078).
Epistemic petrification and the restoration of epistemic trust: a new conceptualization of borderline personality disorder and its psychosocial treatment.
Eventually, however, Lewis came to view story writing as a "fictional vaudeville," associated with "slick, nimble tricks" that are susceptible to "ruin you"--as he came to warn his Minnesota students, due to the fact that this implied the petrification of artistic form into pre-given formulas based on "pat philosophy," the "obligatory love angle" and "optimistic ending" (cf.
Primarily, Laing (1960/1965) describes that the ontologically insecure person experiences the following types of anxiety: 1) engulfment: a fear of being swallowed up by another; a fear of losing one's own sense of being or agency, 2) implosion: any contact with reality threatens to annihilate the person as she or he feels empty and any contact may generate too much for the person to hold in her or his emptiness, 3) petrification and depersonalization: where becoming an object or thing induces terror; constant vigilance to be reminded that she or he is a person must be maintained.
Petrification Customs House South Shields After his dad dies, Simon returns home from London to find everything has changed.
Petrification first saw light of day the following year at Gateshead International Festival of Theatre when it was a 30-minute piece performed on a shoestring budget.