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
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.
The House has yet to vote on the measure, which was added as an amendment to a popular bill stiffening sanctions against Iran for that country’s recent ballistic missile tests.
In the 1970s, as the federal government stiffened environmental regulations, energy companies looked westward in search of cleaner coal.
Over the course of just two years, my thick, coarse curls had stiffened, weakened, and lost their shape—all because of a toxic mix of shame and white privilege.
With the possibility that Irving's ankle will stiffen over the next two days, a loss Tuesday would've increased the challenge exponentially.
Symptoms include stiffening of limbs, organ damage, stunted growth, trouble breathing, and deterioration of a person's mental abilities.
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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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