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 Their arrival brought a fundamental change to Arab cooking: Stews, the staple Arab dish, started to use tomato as a key ingredient for thickening, souring and color in place of nuts, juices and saffron, respectively. Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2021 Lee explains that Rhinophyma is caused by rosacea and is essentially a thickening of oily skin. Vanessa Etienne,, 9 July 2021 The Best Lash Serum Simply apply this lash serum to your eyelashes and experience lash thickening and growth in as early as a few weeks. Lauren Joseph, Forbes, 22 June 2021 In people, chronic high blood pressure causes a thickening of the heart muscles. Bob Holmes, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 May 2021 The phenomena — called hypertrichosis, a thickening of the hair — typically happens on the face and not, say, your legs. Dianna Mazzone, Allure, 17 May 2021 The return of a quartet of astronauts from the International Space Station was going to be dramatic enough — a fiery flight through the thickening atmosphere, the deployment of parachutes and then the gentle touchdown in the ocean. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2021 In fact, one example of a common shear-thickening substance can be found in the kitchen: cornstarch mixed with water that forms a paste. H. Joachim Schlichting, Scientific American, 12 Mar. 2021 Her mother, who has a condition that causes thickening and hardening of the walls of the arteries in her brain, is now receiving hospice services. NBC News, 8 Feb. 2021

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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 17 Sep. 2021.

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