(chiefly US also paralyze)
- 1Cause (a person or part of the body) to become partly or wholly incapable of movement: Mrs Burrows had been paralysed by a strokeMore example sentences
- But, together, the anesthetic paralyzes the body and lets the poison reek havoc.
- A stroke may have paralysed her body but Kate Thomas's mind is still ticking.
- Kim previously worked as a taxi driver until 2001 when he was partially paralysed by a stroke.
- 1.1Make (someone) unable to think or act normally, especially through panic or fear: some people are paralysed by the thought of failure (as adjective paralysing) her paralysing shynessMore example sentences
- People are almost paralysed by fear and a sense of impotence.
- I was paralyzed with fear the whole time, unable to move a muscle even if there had been anything I could have done.
- Dripping with potential but too young to realize the extent of possibilities that lie before us, life can easily seem overwhelming, paralyzing us with fear.
- 1.2Stop (a system, place, or organization) from operating by causing disruption: the regional capital was paralysed by a general strikeMore example sentences
- Jakarta turned into a giant battle field when riots paralyzed the capital city.
- Corruption is very critical not just because it is economically critical and paralyzing our legal system, but it too has been gnawing at our ability to develop a sense of solidarity.
- Massive protests outside Westminster paralysed the capital's roads for more than 12 hours on Thursday.
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- What we are seeing is that individual application servers will trend toward 100% CPU usage over time - simply, the appservers get pegged and users on those servers encounter paralyzingly slow load times throughout the site.
- When I emerged, I decided I had better get to work finding a new place to sleep because my room was paralyzingly cold.
- When he is not working, he is socially inept, almost paralyzingly paranoid, and more than a little bit strange.
early 19th century: from French paralyser, from paralysie 'paralysis'.