Definition of petrify
- slogans are apt to petrify a man's thinking
- —Saturday Rev.
- a novel about an airline pilot that will petrify you
- —Martin Levin
the processes that petrify wood
The dead tree petrified into stone.
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: to make (someone) very afraid
: to slowly change (something, such as wood) into stone or a substance like stone over a very long period of time
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