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petrifaction


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Petrifaction  \Pet`ri*fac"tion\,  n.  [See  {Petrify}.] 
  1.  The  process  of  petrifying,  or  changing  into  stone; 
  conversion  of  any  organic  matter  (animal  or  vegetable) 
  into  stone,  or  a  substance  of  stony  hardness. 
 
  2.  The  state  or  condition  of  being  petrified. 
 
  3.  That  which  is  petrified;  popularly,  a  body  incrusted  with 
  stony  matter;  an  incrustation. 
 
  4.  Fig.:  Hardness;  callousness;  obduracy.  ``Petrifaction  of 
  the  soul.''  --Cudworth. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  petrifaction 
  n  1:  the  process  of  turning  some  plant  material  into  stone  by 
  infiltration  with  water  carrying  mineral  particles 
  without  changing  the  original  shape  [syn:  {petrification}] 
  2:  a  rock  created  by  petrifaction;  an  organic  object 
  infiltrated  with  mineral  matter  and  preserved  in  its 
  original  form 




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