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thickening

[thik-uh-ning] /ˈθɪk ə nɪŋ/
noun
1.
a making or becoming thick.
2.
a thickened part or area; swelling.
3.
something used to thicken; thickener.
Origin of thickening
1570-1580
1570-80; thicken + -ing1

thicken

[thik-uh n] /ˈθɪk ən/
verb (used with or without object)
1.
to make or become thick or thicker.
2.
to make or grow more intense, profound, intricate, or complex:
The plot thickens.
Origin
1375-1425; late Middle English thiknen < Old Norse thykkna. See thick, -en1
Related forms
rethicken, verb
unthicken, verb (used with object)
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Historical Examples
  • Then I heard his whistle, and back I ran recklessly through the thickening darkness to the school-house.

    The Little Minister J. M. Barrie
  • It was then, with that thickening peril, Washington rose to his highest stature.

    America First Various
  • The day was thickening into dusk then; it is ripening into sunset glory to-day.

    The Spell of Scotland Keith Clark
  • The plot was thickening; the fatal net was drawing closer and closer.

    White Lies Charles Reade
  • Grahame, driving slowly, began to nod in the thickening fog.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • To make the gravy, pour in the liquor and a little water and thickening.

  • It gets its name from the fact that corn starch is used for a part of the thickening.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 4 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • Father told me it was a thickening of the lungs, or something of the sort.

    The Lady From The Sea Henrik Ibsen
  • We could see the brig, through the thickening gloom, at her anchors.

    In the Eastern Seas W.H.G. Kingston
  • Pearl barley is invaluable for thickening soups, sauces, etc.

    New Vegetarian Dishes Mrs. Bowdich
British Dictionary definitions for thickening

thickening

/ˈθɪkənɪŋ/
noun
1.
something added to a liquid to thicken it
2.
a thickened part or piece

thicken

/ˈθɪkən/
verb
1.
to make or become thick or thicker: thicken the soup by adding flour
2.
(intransitive) to become more involved: the plot thickened
Derived Forms
thickener, noun
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Word Origin and History for thickening
n.

"substance used to thicken something," 1839, verbal noun from thicken.

thicken

v.

early 15c. (transitive), 1590s (intransitive), from thick + -en (1). Related: Thickened; thickening. An earlier verb was Old English þiccian.

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