Definition of petrified in English:

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petrified

Pronunciation: /ˈpetrəˌfīd/

adjective

1So frightened that one is unable to move; terrified: the petrified child clung to her mother
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: pet·ri·fied

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