fac-, facil-, fact-, feas-, -feat, -fect, -feit, -facient, -faction, -fic-, -fy, -ficate, -fication

(Latin: to make, to do, to build, to cause, to produce; forming, shaping)

personalize (verb), personalizes; personalized; personalizing
1. To conceive or to produce something to meet a someone's special requirements.
2. To create a composition that belongs to a particular writer by marking it with his or her name or initials.
personification (s) (noun), personifications (pl)
1. The regarding of human characteristics, emotions, and intentions to nonhuman entities or objects: Joe heard someone refer to the sun as "he" and the moon as "she".
2. A creature imagined as representing a thing or an idea: Satan is the personification of evil.
personifier (s) (noun), personifiers (pl)
Someone who represents a figure in human form as with sculptures or statues.
personify (verb), personifies; personified; personifing
To present a particular quality in the form of a person: Sue personifies beauty and kindness with whomever she meets.
petrifaction (s) (noun), petrifactions (pl)
1. A process of fossilization in which dissolved minerals replace organic matter: Petrifaction results when an organism is quickly buried in mud, sand, or volcanic ash and becomes a fossil.

During the process of petrifaction, dissolved minerals enter openings in bones and other hard parts of organisms little by little until the materials that the objects were composed of have become like stone.

There are those who say that even microscopic cells can be preserved by petrifaction.

2. A condition in which someone is being stunned or paralyzed with fear: Not only was it pitch black in Sara's house, but hearing footsteps and heavy breathing threw her completely into petrifaction, making it impossible for her to move.
petrification (s) (noun), petrifications (pl)
1. A process of fossilization during which dissolved inorganic material replaces the original organic contents: A petrification produces a stony substance that results in what appears to be something as hard as a rock.

Since the petrification of a snail that she found was complete and perfect, Sharon decided to save it and put it into her collection of other fossils.

2. A condition of utmost fear, causing a person to be unable to move: Jane was in a state of petrification and completely devastated after receiving the news of the tragic accident in which her father was killed.
3. The process of fossilization: Petrification is a geological process of preservation that turns organic material into a rock and usually takes millions of years to accomplish.
petrified (adjective) (no comparatives)
1. A description of something that has slowly changed into stone after a long time: There is a national park in eastern Arizona, U.S.A., that has petrified trees dating from the Triassic Period which is estimated as existing from 230 million to 190 million years ago.
2. A reference to being very afraid of something or someone and unable to move or to respond: Jack was petrified while he was walking on a sidewalk next to a hedge, because a dog suddenly started to bark at him from the other side.
petrifier (s) (noun), petrifiers (pl)
1. That which causes an object to become obdurate or a person to become insensitive and unresponsive: Dissolved minerals are petrifiers which can change plant material into a fossilized form, but only after an exceedingly long time!

A very strong fear of heights can be a petrifier for some people causing them to be completely paralyzed during the experience.

petrify (verb), petrifies; petrified; petrifying
1. To convert or to change something into rocky substances: In order to petrify wood, there needs to be an environment without oxygen, but with minerals, which then fill the cells of the tree and convert it into a very hard material, such as a stone.
2. To paralyze someone with astonishment, horror, or another strong emotional situation that makes someone rigid or unable to move: Jack was totally petrified and speechless when he lost his job and his wife at the same time.
piezo effect, piezoelectric effect
1. Electricity produced by mechanical pressure on certain crystals (notably quartz or Rochelle salt); alternatively, electrostatic stress produces a change in the linear dimensions of the crystal.
2. An electromechanical effect by which mechanical forces acting upon a ferroelectric material can produce an electrical response, and electrical forces can produce a mechanical response.