thickening

[ thik-uh-ning ]
/ ˈθɪk ə nɪŋ /

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. thick-skulled,
  2. thick-tailed ray,
  3. thick-witted,
  4. thicken,
  5. thickener,
  6. thicket,
  7. thickhead,
  8. thickheaded,
  9. thickheadedly,
  10. thickie

Origin of thickening

First recorded in 1570–80; thicken + -ing1

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

thickening

/ (ˈθɪkənɪŋ) /

noun

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

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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