Dictionary Results for petrify


1. petrify - verb

· cause to become stonelike or stiff or dazed and stunned from fright; "The horror petrified his feelings"; "Fear petrified her thinking"

Hypernym(s): deaden, blunt




2. petrify - verb

· change into stone; "the wood petrified with time"

Synonym(s): lapidify

Hypernym(s): fossilize, fossilise




3. petrify - verb

· make rigid and set into a conventional pattern; "rigidify the training schedule"; "ossified teaching methods"; "slogans petrify our thinking"

Synonym(s): rigidify, ossify

Hypernym(s): stiffen





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