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)
2. To create a composition that belongs to a particular writer by marking it with his or her name or initials.
2. A creature imagined as representing a thing or an idea: Satan is the personification of evil.
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.
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.
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.
A very strong fear of heights can be a petrifier for some people causing them to be completely paralyzed during the experience.
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.
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.