thicken

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Thicken \Thick"en\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Thickened}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Thickening}.] To make thick (in any sense of the word). Specifically: (a) To render dense; to inspissate; as, to thicken paint. (b) To make close; to fill up interstices in; as, to thicken cloth; to thicken ranks of trees or men. (c) To strengthen; to confirm. [Obs.]

And this may to thicken other proofs. --Shak. (d) To make more frequent; as, to thicken blows.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Thicken \Thick"en\, verb (used without an object) To become thick. "Thy luster thickens when he shines by." --Shak.

The press of people thickens to the court. --Dryden.

The combat thickens, like the storm that flies. --Dryden.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

thicken

verb

1: make thick or thicker; "Thicken the sauce"; "inspissate the tar so that it becomes pitch" [syn: {thicken}, {inspissate}] [ant: {thin}]

2: become thick or thicker; "The sauce thickened"; "The egg yolk will inspissate" [syn: {thicken}, {inspissate}] [ant: {thin}]

3: make viscous or dense; "thicken the sauce by adding flour" [syn: {thicken}, {inspissate}]


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