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1starch

transitive verb \ˈstärch\

: to make (clothing) stiff by using starch

Full Definition of STARCH

:  to stiffen with or as if with starch

Examples of STARCH

  1. He starches the collars of his shirts.

Origin of STARCH

Middle English sterchen, probably from Old English *stercan to stiffen; akin to Old English stearc stiff — more at stark
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with STARCH

2starch

noun

: a substance that is found in certain foods (such as bread, rice, and potatoes)

: a powder or liquid that contains starch and is used to make clothing stiff

Full Definition of STARCH

1
:  a white odorless tasteless granular or powdery complex carbohydrate (C6H10O5)x that is the chief storage form of carbohydrate in plants, is an important foodstuff, and is used also in adhesives and sizes, in laundering, and in pharmacy and medicine
2
:  a stiff formal manner :  formality
3
:  resolute vigor

Examples of STARCH

  1. <a middle-aged woman who has retained the starch of youth>

First Known Use of STARCH

15th century

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STARCH Defined for Kids

1starch

noun \ˈstärch\

Definition of STARCH for Kids

:  a white odorless tasteless substance that is the chief form in which carbohydrates are stored in plants, is an important component of many foods (as rice and bread), and has various uses (as for stiffening clothes)

2starch

verb
starchedstarch·ing

Definition of STARCH for Kids

:  to stiffen with starch
Medical Dictionary

starch

noun \ˈstärch\

Medical Definition of STARCH

:  a white odorless tasteless granular or powdery complex carbohydrate (C6H10O5)x that is the chief storage form of carbohydrate in plants, is an important foodstuff, has demulcent and absorbent properties, and is used in pharmacy especially as a dusting powder and as a constituent of ointments and pastes
July 04, 2015
stringent Hear it
rigorous, strict, or severe
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