thickening

[ thik-uh-ning ]
/ ˈθɪk ə nɪŋ /

noun

a making or becoming thick.
a thickened part or area; swelling.
something used to thicken; thickener.

Origin of thickening

First recorded in 1570–80; thicken + -ing1

Definition for thickening (2 of 2)

thicken

[ thik-uh n ]
/ ˈθɪk ən /

verb (used with or without object)

to make or become thick or thicker.
to make or grow more intense, profound, intricate, or complex: The plot thickens.

Origin of thicken

1375–1425; late Middle English thiknen < Old Norse thykkna. See thick, -en1
Related formsre·thick·en, verbun·thick·en, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for thickening (1 of 2)

thickening

/ (ˈθɪkənɪŋ) /

noun

something added to a liquid to thicken it
a thickened part or piece

British Dictionary definitions for thickening (2 of 2)

thicken

/ (ˈθɪkən) /

verb

to make or become thick or thickerthicken the soup by adding flour
(intr) to become more involvedthe plot thickened

Derived Formsthickener, noun
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