Definition of petrified in English:

petrified

Syllabification: pet·ri·fied
Pronunciation: /ˈpetrəˌfīd
 
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adjective

  • 1So frightened that one is unable to move; terrified: the petrified child clung to her mother
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    • I seriously can't cope with them - I'm petrified.
    • A Director of Nursing learns of a records falsification by a young nurse, who is petrified of having made a mistake.
    • I was always petrified - there don't have to be terrorists.
  • 2(Of organic matter) changed into a stony substance; ossified: petrified wood
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    • Just off the road, the Aztec sandstone outcrops at Redstone Picnic Area are actually petrified sand dunes.
    • Figures 24-26 are postcards advertising three petrified wood localities in the Dakotas.
    • Riding through a homogenous ocean of petrified clay, we arrive at a remote campsite set within a cluster of trees.

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