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

Examples of thickening in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other symptoms can include poor wound healing, red spots and discoloration of the skin, and skin thickening, Sass says. Leah Groth,, "James Blunt Says He Got Scurvy After Eating an All-Meat Diet—But What Is That, Exactly?," 20 Aug. 2020 Lower branches contribute to faster thickening of the trunk, which benefits their stability. Ellen Nibali,, "Garden Q&A: How to control Japanese knotweed and prune a dogwood," 13 Aug. 2020 Eric Wetzel of the United States Army Research Laboratory and his colleagues propose replacing these with fabric tubes containing a shear-thickening material that the lab has developed. The Economist, "Shear-thickening A strange material may make protective helmets more so," 1 Aug. 2020 Friction with the thickening atmosphere will generate an enormous amount of heat that will engulf the spacecraft in a fireball. Christian Davenport, Washington Post, "NASA and SpaceX prepare to bring astronauts home in a perilous splashdown," 1 Aug. 2020 And there’s plenty, from hair powders to thickening sprays to hairstyling techniques. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "5 Expert Tips For Making Thin Hair Look Thick," 23 Jan. 2020 Though most infected people show no symptoms, some can go on to develop lymphedema (tissue swelling), elephantiasis (skin and tissue thickening), and such scrotal swelling, called hydrocele. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Man has massive, rotting scrotum removed after avoiding doctors for decades," 18 Oct. 2019 Surgeries or cancer treatments such as radiation can bring on the condition, which can lead to a thickening and stiffening of the skin, fat buildup, and sometimes, cancer. Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Lymph vessels on a chip reveal possible new drug target for lymphedema," 13 Dec. 2019 The plot was sure thickening, but investigators still weren't sure what the full story was. CBS News, "Mother a driving force as jury finds answers to man's 2000 disappearance," 7 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of thickening

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Thickening.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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