thickening

noun
thick·​en·​ing | \ ˈthik-niŋ How to pronounce thickening (audio) , ˈthi-kə-\

Definition of thickening

1 : a thickened part or place
2 : the act of making or becoming thick
3 : something used to thicken

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With the proliferation of professional services and extension salons offering semipermanent solutions to a full-on flutter, the go-to desert-island essential—with its lengthening, thickening, inky finish—is being discussed in analog terms. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "8 New Cutting-Edge Mascaras That Will Transform Your Lashes," 1 Mar. 2019 With engine temperatures being pushed up for better emissions control, the antioxidants are needed to prevent oxidation (and, therefore, thickening) of oil. Paul Weissler, Popular Mechanics, "How to Pick the Right Motor Oil for Your Car," 14 Feb. 2019 This condition results from a thickening and tightening of connective tissue in the palm of the hand. Joe Graedonteresa Graedon, The Seattle Times, "Food go down the wrong tube? Try sipping cola," 28 Nov. 2018 Soften Up Don’t overlook the rest of your hands: Rough patches on the palms can be remedied using a callus softener like Deborah Lippmann’s Get Off, which uses lactic acid to break down hyperkeratosis (thickening of the skin). Donna Bulseco, WSJ, "The He-Manicure: A Guide to CEO-Worthy Nails," 2 May 2018 Studies of Arctic hunter-gatherers found that a steady diet of stored or dried meat led to similar thickening of the jaw. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "30,000-year-old jawbone records tough diet in Pleistocene Southeast Asia," 6 June 2018 This tropical plant quickly became popular in the Deep South both as a side dish and as a thickening for gumbo and stews. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Your Complete Guide To Growing Okra," 21 Feb. 2018 With engine temperatures being pushed up for better emissions control, the antioxidants are needed to prevent oxidation (and, therefore, thickening) of oil. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How To Pick The Right Motor Oil For Your Car," 18 Jan. 2018 The company last month reported an encouraging Phase 2 trial update on Korlym’s successor, relacorilant, a drug that could treat Cushing’s without the side effects for some women of endometrial thickening and possible vaginal bleeding. Sarah Jane Tribble, Washington Post, "How A Drugmaker Turned The Abortion Pill Into A Rare-Disease Profit Machine," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of thickening

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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