curdle

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verb cur·dle \ˈkər-dəl\

Definition of curdle

curdled

curdling

play \ˈkərd-liŋ, ˈkər-dəl-iŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to form curds; also :  to congeal as if by forming curds <a scream curdled in her throat>

  3. 2 :  to go bad or wrong :  spoil

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to cause curds to form in <curdled milk>

  6. 2 :  spoil, sour

Examples of curdle in a sentence

  1. Too much heat will make the custard curdle.

  2. Too much heat will curdle the custard.

Origin and Etymology of curdle

frequentative of 2curd


First Known Use: 1590



CURDLE Defined for English Language Learners

curdle

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verb cur·dle \ˈkər-dəl\

Definition of curdle for English Language Learners

  • : to thicken and separate into liquids and solids : to form curds


CURDLE Defined for Kids

curdle

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verb cur·dle \ˈkər-dəl\

Definition of curdle for Students

curdled

curdling

  1. :  to thicken or cause to become thickened with or as if with curds <The milk curdled.>


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