Origin of thickening
- to make or become thick or thicker.
- to make or grow more intense, profound, intricate, or complex: The plot thickens.
Origin of thicken
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Examples from the Web for thickening
Now she was squaring and thickening and looking horrid, like Mr. Hancock.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
All at once I became aware that the light was thickening, and that I was very hungry.Wilfrid Cumbermede
"The mist is thickening," rejoined the woman's voice, sadness in its tone.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
Strain off the liquor; put into it a bit of thickening and some butter.The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;
Charlotte Campbell Bury
But come, thou'lt weary of this thickening air, Let us depart.
- something added to a liquid to thicken it
- a thickened part or piece
- to make or become thick or thickerthicken the soup by adding flour
- (intr) to become more involvedthe plot thickened
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Word Origin and History for thickening
"substance used to thicken something," 1839, verbal noun from thicken.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper