verb (used with object), pet·ri·fied, pet·ri·fy·ing.
verb (used without object), pet·ri·fied, pet·ri·fy·ing.
- petrified forest,
- petrified forest national park,
- petrillo, james caesar,
Origin of petrify
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
verb -fies, -fying or -fied
Word Origin for petrify
1590s, from Middle French pétrifier "to make or become stone" (16c.), from Latin petra "rock, crag" (see petrous) + -ficare, from facere "to make, do" (see factitious). Metaphoric sense of "paralyze with fear or shock" first recorded 1771. Related: Petrified; petrifying.