• "Paralysed with fear, he clung to the bough."
    "Paralysed with fear, he clung to the bough."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v paralyse cause to be paralyzed and immobile "The poison paralyzed him","Fear paralyzed her"
    • v paralyse make powerless and unable to function "The bureaucracy paralyzes the entire operation"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Three chemicals are used to execute criminals by lethal injection. First, Sodium Thiopental is injected, causing the inmate to fall into a deep sleep. The second chemical agent, Pancuronium Bromide, a muscle relaxer, follows. This causes the inmate to stop breathing due to paralyses of the diaphragm and lungs. Finally, Potassium Chloride is injected, stopping the heart.
    • v. t Paralyse Same as Paralyze.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Paralyse par′a-līz to strike with paralysis or palsy: to make useless: to deaden the action of: to exhaust
    • n Paralyse one who is affected with paralysis
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Life too near paralyses art.”


In literature:

Intense fear paralysed the limbs of that beautiful girl.
"Varney the Vampire" by Thomas Preskett Prest
A panic afflicted them, and their powers of gag were paralysed.
"A Book of the Play" by Dutton Cook
At that glance, however, the chief of the celestials was at once paralysed and stood there like a stake.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
And all their animals stood with eyes wide open, ears and necks and lips paralysed, and legs motionless.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
But in the case of an artist, weakness is nothing less than a crime when it is a weakness that paralyses the imagination.
"Oscar Wilde, Volume 2 (of 2)" by Frank Harris
At last a sigh struggled to his seemingly paralysed lips, then another.
"The House of the Vampire" by George Sylvester Viereck
For a moment he was paralysed.
"The Black Box" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
We now can deny it; and if we do, its whole power is paralysed.
"Is Life Worth Living?" by William Hurrell Mallock
We had to sling him up like a bale, for he was paralysed with fright.
"The Nigger Of The "Narcissus" A Tale Of The Forecastle" by Joseph Conrad
He was paralysed down his left side.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair

In poetry:

"I'll not reveal myself," said he,
"Till they are both in the Ecclesiastical arena;
Then suddenly I will appear,
And paralysing them with fear,
Demand my ANGELINA!"
"The Sensation Captain" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Of Van Gogh and Cezanne a peer;
In dreams of ecstasy en-skied,
A genius and a pioneer,
Poor, paralysed and mad he died:
Yet by all who hold Beauty dear
May he be glorified!
"A Canvas For A Crust" by Robert W Service
One instant the listener sways in her seat,--
The paralysed heart has forgotten to beat;
The next, with the speed and the frenzy of fear,
She gains the green hillock, and pauses to hear.
"Beechenbrook - II" by Margaret Junkin Preston
That his great hand, so oft the avenger of the oppressed,
Should this chill churlish night, perchance, be paralysed by frost —
While through some icicle-hung thicket — as one lorn and lost —
He walks and wanders without rest.
"O'Hussey's Ode To The Maguire" by James Clarence Mangan
Their umpire was a homely man, a stranger to the push,
With a sweet, deceitful calmness, and a flavour of the bush.
He declared he didn't know the game, but promised on his oath
To see fair and square between the teams, or paralyse them both.
"A Friendly Game Of Football" by Edward Dyson
Then we dare not but move upward, though we falter in our tread,
Though we feel around our limbs the paralysing coils of fear;
Lo! afar we hear brave whispers coming from the earnest dead,
As the old heroic voices sung with winds in Ossian's ear.
"In The Vanguard" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

100-day economic blockade paralyses landlocked state.
Strike paralyses Buenos Aires and other cities.
The paralysed dog that is walking again.

In science:

The classical models of paralyzable and non-paralysable detectors (see for instance) are defined as follows: a non-paralyzable detector is ”blind” for a fixed time τ after an event is registered (no matter what happens during this time), and is sensitive again after this time.
Multiple hits in wire chambers and other particle detectors