verb (used with object)
Origin of starch
Related Words for starchcarbohydrate, sugar, sizing, polysaccharide, glycogen, ceremony, decorum, formality, stiffness, vigor, boldness, energy, pluck, stamina, vitality, strength, gumption, backbone, drive, push
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Contemporary Examples of starch
Sugar and lots of starch will give you a boost followed by a crash that will end your late night partying.Five Healthy—and Legal—Ways to Stay Awake Longer
December 4, 2013
Making it with quinoa instead of rice gives you the wonderful taste and comfort of risotto without all that starch.Three Quinoa Recipes for Your Weekend Parties
May 26, 2013
Tsai: The ratio of vegetables to meat to starch is much higher.Five World-Famous Chefs Give Their Take on the Asian-Food Craze in America
April 29, 2012
Historical Examples of starch
I honor the girl's spirit for not disguising it with starch and pomatum.
Starch is made from it both for the laundry and for the manufacture of farina, dextrin, etc.
The dried pulp from which the starch has been extracted is used for making boxes.
That dust, on being transferred to the stage of a microscope, was found to contain an enormous number of starch grains.
It is these starch grains which form many of those bright specks that we see dancing in a ray of light sometimes.
Word Origin for starch
c.1400, from Old English *stercan (Mercian), *stiercan (West Saxon) "make rigid," found in stercedferhð "fixed, hard, resolute" (related to stearc "stiff"), from Proto-Germanic *starkijanan (cf. German Stärke "strength, starch"), from PIE root *ster- "strong, firm, stiff, rigid" (see stark). Related: Starched; starching.
"pasty substance used to stiffen cloth," mid-15c., from starch (v.). Figurative sense of "stiffness of manner" is recorded from 1705.
see take the starch out of.