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 Pearl barley, which has that bran layer removed, cooks faster and will release starch into your cooking liquid, which can help make dishes thick and creamy, like in this barley risotto. Washington Post, "5 hearty grains and how to use them in bowls, salads and even cake," 25 Feb. 2021 Cousins of one-pot meals, sheet-pan suppers combine vegetables, protein and starch in a single piece of cookware, but offer a larger canvas to compose a range of shapes and colors. New York Times, "The (Surprising) Rise of the Sheet Pan," 23 Feb. 2021 The two are mashed together into an amalgamation of tartness and starch for a dish that’s the perfect accompaniment to fatty sausages, pork chops or other heavy cuts of meat. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "5 global mashed potato dishes to star in 2020’s Thanksgiving meal," 18 Nov. 2020 As the sugar in the peas turns to starch, their sweetness fades. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Sugar snap peas are loaded with a healthy dose of vitamin C," 7 Aug. 2020 From the moment corn is picked, its sugar begins to convert to starch, decreasing its natural sweetness. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Mexican street corn: Easy and cheesy take on corn-on-the-cob," 9 July 2020 At times, the shirts’ high collars and starched feel felt ecclesiastical, while their voluminous sleeves almost angelic. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Valentino channels powerful simplicity in Paris show," 29 Sep. 2019 At times, the shirts’ high collars and starched feel felt ecclesiastical, while their voluminous sleeves almost angelic. Washington Post, "Valentino channels powerful simplicity in Paris show," 29 Sep. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Amylase, an enzyme that breaks down starch, is released in your saliva to begin the process, Murphy says. Julie Stewart, SELF, "What Are Carbohydrates Really, and Why Are They Important?," 25 Mar. 2021 And surprisingly, the starch from the potatoes themselves adds immensely to the texture. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "All hail the mighty potato! No, really," 23 Mar. 2021 When simply boiling rice, however, starch isn't your friend. Lauren Corona, chicagotribune.com, "How to cook rice," 21 Mar. 2021 Basically, when the flour is kneaded underwater, the starch is washed out, leaving pure gluten that creates a meat-like texture instead of something resembling bread. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, "TikTok’s Newest Trend Is Literally Just… Gluten?," 3 Mar. 2021 The fluffy starch is the best way to soak up the salmon’s flavorful juices. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Garlic Butter Salmon," 19 Feb. 2021 Tune in to hear all about the outrageous and controversial pro-spud exploits of one Antoine-Agustin Parmentier, a Frenchman who championed the starch as a nutritious snack worthy of a spot on even the most royal tables. Popular Science, "Eating soy does not make men grow boobs," 17 Feb. 2021 Antique fabrics lose their pristine quality over time, often because of dinner-party spills, dirt settling into folds and discolorations caused by ironing starch. Martha Stewart, Star Tribune, "How to revive vintage linens," 2 Mar. 2021 Beyond, founded in 2009, processes yellow pea protein, canola oil, potato starch and other ingredients to produce patties and sausages meant to mimic the taste, appearance and feel of traditional meat. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Beyond Meat Signs Supply Deals With McDonald’s, Yum," 25 Feb. 2021

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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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6 Mar 2021

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“Starch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/starch. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for starch

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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