Definition of Petrification

1. Noun. The process of turning some plant material into stone by infiltration with water carrying mineral particles without changing the original shape.

Exact synonyms: Petrifaction
Generic synonyms: Fossilisation, Fossilization
Derivative terms: Petrify, Petrify



Definition of Petrification

1. n. See Petrifaction.

Definition of Petrification

1. Noun. the process of replacing the organic residues of plants (and animals) with insoluble salts, the original shape and topography being retained ¹

2. Noun. (figurative) obduracy; callousness ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Petrification

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Petrification

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petrels
petres
petrescence
petrescent
petrichloral
petrichor
petricolous
petrifact
petrifaction
petrifactions
petrifactive
petrific
petrificate
petrificated
petrification (current term)
petrifications
petrified
petrifier
petrifiers
petrifies
petrify
petrifying
petrissage
petrissages
petro-
petro-dictator
petro-dictators
petro-dictatorship
petro-occipital

Literary usage of Petrification

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1. A Critical Pronouncing Dictionary, and Expositor of the English Language ...by John Walker by John Walker (1806)
"petrification, pet-tré-fé-ká'shuu- s. A body formed by changing other matter to stone. ... petrification ..."

2. The Earth: Its Genesis and Revolution, Considered in the Light of the Most by A. T. Swaine (1913)
"Organic Life in Oceans—petrification of Organic Remains—Extent of Coral Formations in Modern Seas—Local Organic Sediments—Absence of Fossils in Devonian Red ..."

3. Text-book of General Pathology and Pathological Anatomy by Richard Thoma (1896)
"In very advanced life, therefore, petrification is found to be much more rare than between fifty and seventy. ti. Fro. 265.— Transverse section through the ..."

4. Annual Report of the United States Geological and Geographical Survey of the by United States General Land Office, United States Dept. of the Interior (1872)
"This mode of petrification has happened to trees in a standing position as well as to ... In the first case the petrification of the trees is generally ..."

5. Stones for Building and Decoration by George Perkins Merrill (1908)
"The process of petrification is to be traced from its first beginning to its ... Whenever the petrification has been hewn into, the curious progress of the ..."

6. Stones for Building and Decoration by George Perkins Merrill (1903)
"The process of petrification is to be traced from its first beginning to its termination. In one part the water is clear, in a second it appears thicker and ..."

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