- to whiten by removing color; bleach: Workers were blanching linen in the sun.
- to scald briefly and then drain, as peaches or almonds to facilitate removal of skins, or as rice or macaroni to separate the grains or strands.
- to scald or parboil (meat or vegetables) so as to whiten, remove the odor, prepare for cooking by other means, etc.
- Horticulture. (of the stems or leaves of plants, as celery or lettuce) to whiten or prevent from becoming green by excluding light.
- to give a white luster to (metals), as by means of acids.
- to coat (sheet metal) with tin.
- to make pale, as with sickness or fear: The long illness had blanched her cheeks of their natural color.
- to become white; turn pale: The very thought of going made him blanch.
Origin of blanch1
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- to force back or to one side; head off, as a deer or other quarry.
Origin of blanch2
Examples from the Web for blanched
He blanched when it came time to plunge, invest the money, press, and distribute.The Stacks: How Leonard Chess Helped Make Muddy Waters
August 2, 2014
About half an hour after I joined the line, my friend Laura Ingraham arrived with her producer—surveyed the line—and blanched.Some Occupiers Are More Equal Than Others
January 10, 2012
Ronstadt was one of several Arizonans who blanched at the gloomy face the governor had drawn on the state.The Governor Who Hates Her State
July 19, 2010
We blanched when facials at some exclusive salons hit the $400 mark just a couple of years ago.The $1,250 Facial
March 18, 2010
The healthy and the young might read a lesson on her blanched and wrinkled cheek.
Her cheeks were blanched, her lips ashy, her immobility amazing.The Secret Agent
His pale face was blanched with an expression of suffering endured in silence.The Downfall
It was still daylight—a pale, sad light beneath the blanched sky.The Flood
Her weather-tanned face had blanched as much as it was possible for it to do.The Hound From The North
- (also intr) to remove colour from, or (of colour) to be removed; whiten; fadethe sun blanched the carpet; over the years the painting blanched
- (usually intr) to become or cause to become pale, as with sickness or fear
- to plunge tomatoes, nuts, etc, into boiling water to loosen the skin
- to plunge (meat, green vegetables, etc) in boiling water or bring to the boil in water in order to whiten, preserve the natural colour, or reduce or remove a bitter or salty taste
- to cause (celery, chicory, etc) to grow free of chlorophyll by the exclusion of sunlight
- metallurgy to whiten (a metal), usually by treating it with an acid or by coating it with tin
- (tr, usually foll by over) to attempt to conceal something
Word Origin and History for blanched
"to make white, turn pale," c.1400, from Old French blanchir "to whiten, wash," from blanc "white" (11c.; see blank (adj.)). Originally "to remove the hull of (almonds, etc.) by soaking." Intransitive sense of "to turn white" is from 1768. Related: Blanched; blanching.
"to start back, turn aside," 1570s, variant of blench. Related: Blanched; blanching.