verb (used with object), pet·ri·fied, pet·ri·fy·ing.
verb (used without object), pet·ri·fied, pet·ri·fy·ing.
Examples from the Web for petrify
The old-fashioned way is freeze, petrify and mold your wax by a single process.It Is Never Too Late to Mend|Charles Reade
Down, down I plunged, and the shock of the icy water seemed to petrify me.The Young Forester|Zane Grey
So, some rare waters in Derbyshire will petrify birds'-nests.Pierre; or The Ambiguities|Herman Melville
For it is not passion only, but knowledge, that may petrify the soul.Among Famous Books|John Kelman
At that moment Ravengar had meant that the Hugo building should have been a funeral pyre—a spectacle to petrify the Metropolis.Hugo|Arnold Bennett