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starch

verb \ ˈstärch \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of starch

transitive verb
: to stiffen with or as if with starch

Examples of starch in a Sentence

  1. He starches the collars of his shirts.

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Origin and Etymology of starch

Middle English sterchen, probably from Old English *stercan to stiffen; akin to Old English stearc stiff — more at stark


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starch

noun

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 in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of starch

15th century

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STARCH Defined for English Language Learners

starch

verb

Definition of starch for English Language Learners

  • : to make (clothing) stiff by using starch


starch

noun

Definition of starch for English Language Learners

  • : 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


STARCH Defined for Kids

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starch

noun \ ˈstärch \

Definition of starch for Students

: 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

verb

Definition of starch for Students

starched; starching
: 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


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