What does the word paralysis mean?

Usage examples for paralysis

  1. But just at this juncture the thatch of palm leaves on the roofs of some of the buildings inside the fortifications took fire, a conflagration followed, which caused the explosion of one of the magazines, and in the paralysis of terror that followed, the pirates forced their way into the fortifications, and the castle was won. – Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates by Howard I. Pyle
  2. A moment's paralysis of astonishment, and the involuntary rush forward was arrested by Muckluck, who fastened herself on to the rescuer's parki- tail and refused to be detached. – The Magnetic North by Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
  3. The typical course of study now offered in literature carries on its process of paralysis in various ways: First. – The Lost Art of Reading by Gerald Stanley Lee

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