stiffen

  • 1 Stiffen — Stiff en, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stiffened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Stiffening}.] [See {Stiff}.] 1. To make stiff; to make less pliant or flexible; as, to stiffen cloth with starch. [1913 Webster] Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood. Shak. [1913… …

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  • 2 Stiffen — Stiff en, v. i. To become stiff or stiffer, in any sense of the adjective. [1913 Webster] Like bristles rose my stiffening hair. Dryden. [1913 Webster] The tender soil then stiffening by degrees. Dryden. [1913 Webster] Some souls we see, Grow… …

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  • 3 stiffen — index fix (make firm) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 4 stiffen — 1590s, from STIFF (Cf. stiff) (adj.) + EN (Cf. en) (1). Related: Stiffened; stiffening …

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  • 5 stiffen — [v] make or become harder anneal, benumb, brace, cake, candy, cement, chill, clot, coagulate, condense, congeal, crystallize, curdle, firm, fix, freeze, gel, harden, inflate, inspissate, jell, jelly, ossify, petrify, precipitate, prop, reinforce …

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  • 6 stiffen — ► VERB 1) make or become stiff. 2) make or become stronger or more steadfast. DERIVATIVES stiffener noun …

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  • 7 stiffen — [stif′ən] vt., vi. to make or become stiff or stiffer stiffener n …

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  • 8 stiffen — UK [ˈstɪf(ə)n] / US verb Word forms stiffen : present tense I/you/we/they stiffen he/she/it stiffens present participle stiffening past tense stiffened past participle stiffened 1) [intransitive] to suddenly hold your body in a stiff way, often… …

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  • 9 stiffen — stiff|en [ stıfn ] verb 1. ) intransitive to suddenly hold your body in a stiff way, often because you become nervous, worried, angry, or unfriendly: She stiffened as the footsteps came closer and closer. stiffen with/in: He stiffened with rage.… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 10 stiffen — [[t]stɪ̱f(ə)n[/t]] stiffens, stiffening, stiffened 1) VERB If you stiffen, you stop moving and stand or sit with muscles that are suddenly tense, for example because you feel afraid or angry. Ada stiffened at the sound of his voice... The father… …

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  • 11 stiffen — stiff|en [ˈstıfən] v 1.) if you stiffen, your body suddenly becomes firm, straight, or still because you feel angry or anxious ≠ ↑relax ▪ He touched her, and she stiffened. 2.) [I and T] to become stronger, more severe, or more determined, or to… …

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  • 12 stiffen — verb 1 (I) to suddenly become unfriendly, angry, or anxious: Francesca stiffened at his suggestion that it was her fault. 2 (I, T) to become stronger and more determined: The advancing army met stiffening resistance. | stiffen sb s resolve: His… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 stiffen — verb Stiffen is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑back, ↑body, ↑muscle, ↑resistance, ↑shoulder Stiffen is used with these nouns as the object: ↑penalty, ↑spine …

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  • 14 stiffen — /ˈstɪfən/ (say stifuhn) verb (t) 1. to make stiff. –verb (i) 2. to become stiff or tense. –phrase 3. (God) stiffen the crows (or lizards), (an exclamation of exasperation, disgust, etc.) 4. wouldn t it stiffen you, (an exclamation of disgust.)… …

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  • 15 stiffen up — see stiffen 2) …

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  • 16 stiffen — verb 1) stir until the mixture stiffens Syn: become stiff, thicken; set, become solid, solidify, harden, jell, congeal, coagulate, clot Ant: soften, liquefy 2) she stiffened her …

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  • 17 stiffen — verb (stiffened; stiffening) Date: 15th century transitive verb to make stiff or stiffer intransitive verb to become stiff or stiffer • stiffener noun …

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  • 18 stiffen — /stif euhn/, v.t. 1. to make stiff. v.i. 2. to become stiff. 3. to become suddenly tense, rigid, or taut, as in bracing oneself for or drawing back from shock, fear, or displeasure: He stiffened, expecting to hear the worst. [1490 1500; STIFF +… …

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  • 19 stiffen — verb a) To make stiff. b) To become stiff. See Also: stiff …

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  • 20 stiffen — Synonyms and related words: amplify, back, be tough, beef up, brace, brace up, buttress, case harden, charge, clot, coagulate, confirm, congeal, crystallize, electrify, endure, energize, fortify, galvanize, generate, gird, hang tough, harden,… …

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