• WordNet 3.6
    • n petrification the process of turning some plant material into stone by infiltration with water carrying mineral particles without changing the original shape
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Petrification Fig.: Obduracy; callousness.
    • Petrification See Petrifaction.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n petrification Same as petrifaction.
    • n petrification Obduracy; callousness.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. pétrification,. See Petrify


In literature:

There is another famous petrification in the Iliad.
"Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1" by Andrew Lang
But my petrification was only temporary.
"The Rise of Roscoe Paine" by Joseph C. Lincoln
They were in every stage of petrification.
"Two Expeditions in the Interior of Southern Australia, Volume II" by Charles Sturt
They were in every stage of petrification.
"Two Expeditions into the Interior of Southern Australia, Complete" by Charles Sturt
Pray are not vegetables sometimes preserved from decomposition by petrification?
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
When she departed, as she did in a state bordering on petrification, he came forward to the bedside.
"Theo" by Mrs. Frances Hodgson Burnett
Lot he wouldn't have been more conspicuous for utter petrification and silence.
"Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess" by Henry W. Fischer
Thereafter came the deluge of decadence or petrification.
"Cathedrals of Spain" by John A. (John Allyne) Gade
While wandering through the valley of the Clearwater and the adjacent hills, I was much struck with the wonders of petrification.
"Memoirs of Orange Jacobs" by Orange Jacobs
He did not perceive that instant terror of petrification; for it happened he did not even glance in their direction.
"Out of the Air" by Inez Haynes Irwin

In poetry:

And more the gorgon horror crushed
With dry petrific pressure in,
Till forth my waking spirit rushed
With agonizing din!
"Love, Dreaming of Death" by Charles Harpur

In news:

Idiopathic bilateral auricular petrification .
Auricular petrification is a rare diagnosis and presents an interesting therapeutic challenge.