Examples of stiffen in a Sentence
She stiffened when he grabbed her shoulder.
The dogs stiffened in alarm.
The law would stiffen penalties for tax evasion.
Recent Examples of stiffen from the Web
And that rigidity is with a folding back seat, which usually serves as a solid bulkhead for stiffening.
And Russia looms over the Capitol: Lawmakers are negotiating the final details of a bill to stiffen sanctions against the country while multiple committees are advancing their probes into Russia's meddling in U.S. elections.
Changes proposed this week include: ► Stiffening the requirements that most able-bodied adults on Medicaid work or volunteer at least 20 hours a week.
In early 2016, amid stiffening competition, BuySeasons cut a third of its workforce.
Stripped of its interior, insulation, and sound deadening, the car’s cabin is dominated by a rally-spec roll cage, significantly stiffening the 23-year old bodyshell.
In Dynamic mode, the turbo lag was lessened, as the car turned sportier, with the shift points sharpening, the steering stiffening and the brakes becoming more responsive.
The other would stiffen penalties for undocumented immigrants who reenter the United States after being deported.
Switching to Sport mode and using the paddle shifters stiffened up the suspension a bit, while the transmission let the 3.3-liter turbocharged V-6 rev to the driver’s command.
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First Known Use of stiffen
STIFFEN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of stiffen for English Language Learners
: to stop moving and become completely still especially because of fear, anger, etc.
: to become painful to move or use
: to become more severe or strong or to make (something) more severe or strong
STIFFEN Defined for Kids
Definition of stiffen for Students
1 : to make or become stiff or stiffer The paper stiffened as it dried.
2 : to become tense and still He stiffened with suspicion.
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