While wandering through the valley of the Clearwater and the adjacent hills, I was much struck with the wonders of petrification.
The mistake lies in wishing to escape from it by a petrification of our joys.
This is a startling fact for natural philosophers, and must cause them to modify the existing theory of petrification.
The reign of justice could only be the reign of silence and of petrification.
On the lifeboat for those first seconds a silence of petrification reigned.
One day the Major met a company of miners, and related to them the wonderful specimens of petrification seen by him that day.
I stared in petrification at Lukynitch; I had not expected this, I admit.
When she departed, as she did in a state bordering on petrification, he came forward to the bedside.
An Addition to the Instances of petrification, formerly enumerated.
He would be freed, for ever, from the petrification of the grey, cramping little city.
petrifaction pet·ri·fac·tion (pět'rə-fāk'shən) or pet·ri·fi·ca·tion (-fĭ-kā'shən)
A process of fossilization in which dissolved minerals replace organic matter.
|petrifaction (pět'rə-fāk'shən) also petrification|
The process by which organic materials are turned into rock. Petrifaction occurs when water that is rich with inorganic minerals, such as calcium carbonate or silica, passes slowly through organic matter, such as wood or bone, replacing its cellular structure with minerals.