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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pet·ri·fy v. t. [imp. & p. p. Petrified p. pr. & vb. n. Petrifying ]
 1. To convert, as any animal or vegetable matter, into stone or stony substance; as, petrified wood.
    A river that petrifies any sort of wood or leaves.   --Kirwan.
 2. To make callous or obdurate; to transform, as by petrifaction; as, to petrify the heart. Young. Petrifying accuracy.”
    And petrify a genius to a dunce.   --Pope.
    A hideous fatalism, which ought, logically, to petrify your volition.   --G. Eliot.
    The poor, petrified journeyman, quite unconscious of what he was doing.   --De Quincey.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: cause to become stone-like or stiff or dazed and stunned;
           "The horror petrified his feelings"; "Fear petrified her
      2: change into stone; "the wood petrified with time" [syn: lapidify]
      3: make rigid and set into a conventional pattern; "rigidify
         the training schedule"; "ossified teaching methods";
         "slogans petrify our thinking" [syn: rigidify, ossify]
      [also: petrified]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: converted into stone
      2: converted into a mineral; "petrified wood" [syn: mineralized]
      3: so frightened as to be unable to move; stunned or paralyzed
         with terror; "petrified with fear"; "she was petrified by
         the eerie sound"; "too numb with fear to move" [syn: numb]

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      See petrify