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thickening

[thik-uh-ning]
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noun
  1. a making or becoming thick.
  2. a thickened part or area; swelling.
  3. something used to thicken; thickener.
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Origin of thickening

First recorded in 1570–80; thicken + -ing1

thicken

[thik-uh n]
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.
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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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Examples from the Web for thickening

Historical Examples

  • Now she was squaring and thickening and looking horrid, like Mr. Hancock.

    Life and Death of Harriett Frean

    May Sinclair

  • All at once I became aware that the light was thickening, and that I was very hungry.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede

    George MacDonald

  • "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.

  • But come, thou'lt weary of this thickening air, Let us depart.


British Dictionary definitions for thickening

thickening

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

verb
  1. to make or become thick or thickerthicken the soup by adding flour
  2. (intr) to become more involvedthe plot thickened
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Derived Formsthickener, noun
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Word Origin and History for thickening

n.

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

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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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