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pet·ri·fac·tion

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

petrification, petrifaction

Iapidification.
See also: Processes
lapidification.
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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For instance, there's the Powder of Life, and my Liquid of Petrifaction, which is contained in that bottle on the shelf yonder--over the window.
No answering spark of kindness, no awakening penitence, but an unappeasable ill-humour, and a spirit of tyrannous exaction that increased with indulgence, and a lurking gleam of self-complacent triumph at every detection of relenting softness in my manner, that congealed me to marble again as often as it recurred; and this morning he finished the business:- I think the petrifaction is so completely effected at last that nothing can melt me again.
Here, too, the bride's aunt and next relation; a widowed female of a Medusa sort, in a stoney cap, glaring petrifaction at her fellow- creatures.
Esther, whose eyes had come alive and her cheeks flushed during these last words, relapsed in a second into a state of petrifaction.
Choice old water too, decanted into stout six-barrel-casks, and two pints of which is allowed every day to each soul on board; together with ample store of sea-bread, previously reduced to a state of petrifaction, with a view to preserve it either from decay or consumption in the ordinary mode, are likewise provided for the nourishment and gastronomic enjoyment of the crew.
The trees, burdened with the last infinitesimal pennyweight of snow their branches could hold, stood in absolute petrifaction.
Yet all three animals were keyed to a tenseness of living that was almost painful, and scarcely ever would it come to them to be more alive than they were then in their seeming petrifaction.