starch

verb
\ ˈstärch How to pronounce starch (audio) \
starched; starching; starches

Definition of starch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to stiffen with or as if with starch

starch

noun

Definition of starch (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Examples of starch in a Sentence

Verb

He starches the collars of his shirts.

Noun

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

If there's white cotton curtains in the house, bleaching and starching them while ironing are efforts that go a long way. 6. Melissa Rolland, courant.com, "Projects That Don't Break The Bank," 19 June 2018 So to a certain extent, Apple has brilliantly taken advantage of the situation and starched their hat white. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: NYU professor Scott Galloway answers listener questions on Too Embarrassed to Ask," 26 May 2018 With hair combed neatly to one side, and dressed almost daily in suits that aren’t so much pressed as they are vigorously starched, Becerra is dutifully methodical when performing all the typical functions as California’s attorney general. Marcos Bretón, sacbee, "When Trump deports immigrants, California’s attorney general remembers his mom and dad," 11 Sep. 2017 Keri Anne Taylor-Melendez (Gilbert Melendez’s wife) just starched her opponent in her MMA debut. # Jon Becker, The Mercury News, "UFC fighter Melendez’s wife taking huge MMA step," 22 May 2017 His search for something else to use summoned memories of the gooey liquid his mother had used to starch the collars of his father’s shirts. Denise Gellene, New York Times, "Oliver Smithies, Tinkerer Who Transformed Genetics and Won a Nobel, Dies at 91," 11 Jan. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Fuels such as corn starch ethanol, biodiesel and other advanced biofuels provide an important market for farmers in a rough agricultural economic cycle. Tim Walz, Twin Cities, "Tim Walz: Exempting refineries from biofuel requirements is a kick in the gut to farmers," 6 Sep. 2019 Modern soju continues to be made mostly from alternate starches, although some high-end brands still use rice. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Soju is the world's most-consumed spirit. Here's the best place to try it in Phoenix," 5 Sep. 2019 First discovered in the 1940s, allulose occurs naturally in foods including wheat, figs, raisins, maple syrup and molasses, though for commercial applications it is derived from corn starch through an enzymatic process. Alexia Elejalde-ruiz, chicagotribune.com, "Avoiding sugar? Allulose, developed in Hoffman Estates, could be the next ‘breakthrough ingredient'," 22 Aug. 2019 Using corn steep liquor, a waste product from producing corn starch, researchers at a U.S. Department of Agriculture lab in Peoria, Illinois, helped boost supplies. Washington Post, "103-year-old ex-chemist to be honored for work on penicillin," 4 Aug. 2019 Bubble tea pearls, or boba pearls, are usually made out of tapioca, a starch extracted from the roots of cassava plants. Samantha Lauriello, Health.com, "Are Bubble Tea Pearls Safe? We Asked a Doctor for the Facts," 13 June 2019 In another video, Sichuanese YouTuber Li Ziqi digs up a row of knobby sweet potatoes from her family’s farm plot and processes them to harvest their starch, hanging the wet mass in a hammock in her yard. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "The best thing on the Internet is Chinese cooking videos," 9 Sep. 2019 While innovators are scaling up bioplastics made from algae, mushrooms, and agricultural waste, bioplastics made from vegetable starch compete with food production, much like ethanol. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: Single-use plastic is a problem but a bag ban is not the answer, not yet," 22 Aug. 2019 Peas are easily broken down into building blocks of function: starch, fiber and protein. Larissa Zimberoff, Time, "The Rise of the Pea: How an Unassuming Legume Emerged as a Frontrunner in the Race to Replace Meat and Dairy," 15 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of starch

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for starch

Verb

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

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The first known use of starch was in the 15th century

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starch

verb

English Language Learners Definition of starch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make (clothing) stiff by using starch

starch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of starch (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

noun
\ ˈstärch How to pronounce starch (audio) \

Kids Definition of starch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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)

starch

verb
starched; starching

Kids Definition of starch (Entry 2 of 2)

: to stiffen with starch

starch

noun
\ ˈstärch How to pronounce starch (audio) \

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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