• WordNet 3.6
    • v paralyze cause to be paralyzed and immobile "The poison paralyzed him","Fear paralyzed her"
    • v paralyze make powerless and unable to function "The bureaucracy paralyzes the entire operation"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Prussic acid, in a crystalline powder called Zyklon B, was used to kill in Germany's gas chambers. The gas would paralyze the victim's lungs, causing them to suffocate.
    • Paralyze To affect or strike with paralysis or palsy.
    • Paralyze To unnerve; to destroy or impair the energy of; to render ineffective; as, the occurrence paralyzed the community; despondency paralyzed his efforts.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The idiom "pillar of salt" means to have a stroke, or to become paralyzed and dead.
    • paralyze To affect with paralysis.
    • paralyze To render helpless, useless, or ineffective, as if by paralysis; deaden the action or power of in any way: as, the sight paralyzed him with fear.
    • paralyze Also spelled paralyse.
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  • Bernice Johnson Reagon
    Bernice Johnson Reagon
    “Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are.”
  • King Jr. Martin Luther
    “Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Prolonged idleness paralyzes initiative.”
  • Woody Hayes
    Woody Hayes
    “Paralyze resistance with persistence.”
  • John Kenneth Galbraith
    “In the United States, though power corrupts, the expectation of power paralyzes.”
  • Felix Frankfurter
    Felix Frankfurter
    “Judicial judgment must take deep account of the day before yesterday in order that yesterday may not paralyze today.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. paralyser,. See Paralysis


In literature:

For a moment even Barton's rapidity of action and resolution were paralyzed by the terrible and strange vision that he beheld.
"The Mark Of Cain" by Andrew Lang
Madame Caraman's information that Jane had disappeared paralyzed him.
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume II (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
For the second time he experienced the sickening, paralyzing agony of fear.
""Wee Tim'rous Beasties"" by Douglas English
Settlement was seriously obstructed, and the industrious immigrant was to a great extent paralyzed by his surroundings.
"The Story of the Upper Canada Rebellion, Volume 1" by John Charles Dent
Why, you would paralyze Rockland with that double-shoot of yours.
"Frank Merriwell's Cruise" by Burt L. Standish
The fascination of terror held her paralyzed.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
His paralyzed mouth was trying to form itself back into a mouth.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
The boy was almost paralyzed with fear.
"The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy" by Florence Partello Stuart
In the morning they were almost paralyzed with rheumatism and internal pains all over the body.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
She was seized with the paralyzing chill that comes to those who seem to be confronted by apparitions of the dead.
"Sacrifice" by Stephen French Whitman

In poetry:

This painful fact a Swede philosopher,
Who tarried for a fortnight in our city,
Remarked, one evening at the meal, before
We paralyzed him silent with our pity--
"Upstairs Downstairs" by William Hervey Allen Jr
But when the great crisis comes,
our daring and our resolution vanish;
our soul is agitated, paralyzed;
and we run around the walls
seeking to save ourselves in flight.
"Trojans" by Constantine P Cavafy
As he paces in cramped circles, over and over,
the movement of his powerful soft strides
is like a ritual dance around a center
in which a mighty will stands paralyzed.
"The Panther" by Rainer Maria Rilke
"I am afraid," she wrote to me,
"That you must have bees sure surprised
At my poor penmanship . . . You see,
My arms and legs are paralyzed:
With pen held in a sort of sheath
I do my writing with my teeth."
"My Favourite Fan" by Robert W Service
I say the subject was given as of old,
prescribed the technical treatment, tests really tests
were set by the masters & graded.
I say the paralyzed fear lest one's not one
is back with us forever, worsts & bests
spring for the public, faded.
"Dream Song 125:" Bards freezing, naked, up to the neck in water"" by John Berryman

In news:

In the wake of paralyzing injury to a Rutgers student, and mounting evidence of permanent brain damage in many others, it's time for new approach to sports injuries: all-fault insurance.
Disability van donated to paralyzed teen gymnast.
Paralyzed gymnast Jacoby Miles is presented with a new disability van donated to her and her family, Dec 7, 2012.
In January 2010, she was told by her doctors she would likely be paralyzed in six months and die within the year.
Police say a Dunbar man offered to help a paralyzed man home but instead attacked him and stole his medication and money.
Why US economic policy is paralyzed.
Redford driver charged in accident that left passengers paralyzed.
Seven years ago, he used stem cells to make paralyzed rats walk again.
Transplant enables paralyzed dog to walk again.
Tony Nicklinson, paralyzed and unable to speak, found life so unbearable he wanted to die.
L to R) With the Paralyzed Veterans Association of Florida, Al Kublin,… (Mike Stocker, Sun Sentinel.
NYC still paralyzed, transit closed.
No other issue is paralyzing the US economy more than the unsettled question of where taxes are headed in the years to come.
The paralyzed hockey player was moved to a rehabilitation center Monday morning.
Pfeifer suffered potentially paralyzing injuries in a playoff game two weeks ago at Fort Calhoun.

In science:

Brian’s childhood was a relatively normal existence, except for his paralyzing fear of kindergarten at the age of 5 years.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
Eye-GUIDE is an assistive communication tool designed for the paralyzed or physically impaired people who were unable to move parts of their bodies especially people whose communications are limited only to eye movements. The prototype consists of a camera and a computer.
Eye-GUIDE (Eye-Gaze User Interface Design) Messaging for Physically-Impaired People
In other words, an X − Y detector behaves as a paralyzable (see for instance, ) detector, but with twice the coincidence time τ as dead time.
Multiple hits in wire chambers and other particle detectors
As such, a standard X − Y detector has a counting behaviour which is that of a paralyzable detector with dead time given by τt .
Multiple hits in wire chambers and other particle detectors
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