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
Related Words for thickeningclot, curdle, swell, congeal, condense, stiffen, enlarge, widen, buttress, reinforce, inspissate, jelly, freeze, harden, add, solidify, cake, deepen, coagulate, ossify
Examples from the Web for thickening
Historical Examples of 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
"substance used to thicken something," 1839, verbal noun from thicken.