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starch

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transitive verb \ˈstärch\

Simple Definition of starch

  • : to make (clothing) stiff by using starch

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of starch

  1. :  to stiffen with or as if with starch

Examples of starch in a sentence

  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


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starch

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Simple Definition of starch

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of starch

  1. 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. 2 :  a stiff formal manner :  formality

  3. 3 :  resolute vigor



STARCH Defined for Kids

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starch

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noun \ˈstärch\

Definition of starch for Students

  1. :  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)




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starch

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verb

Definition of starch for Students

starchedstarching

  1. :  to stiffen with starch




Medical Dictionary

starch

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noun \ˈstärch\

Medical 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, has demulcent and absorbent properties, and is used in pharmacy especially as a dusting powder and as a constituent of ointments and pastes





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