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Stiffening definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

STIFFENING, ppr. Making or becoming less pliable, or more thick, or more obstinate.
STIFFENING, n. Something that is used to make a substance more stiff or less soft.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: the act of becoming stiff; "stiffening his shoulders, he prepared to advance"
2: the process of becoming stiff or rigid [syn: stiffening, rigidifying, rigidification]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Stiffen Stiff"en, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stiffened; p. pr. & vb. n. Stiffening.] [See Stiff.] 1. To make stiff; to make less pliant or flexible; as, to stiffen cloth with starch. Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood. --Shak. 2. To inspissate; to make more thick or viscous; as, to stiffen paste. 3. To make torpid; to benumb.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Stiffening Stiff"en*ing, n. 1. Act or process of making stiff. 2. Something used to make anything stiff. Stiffening order (Com.), a permission granted by the customs department to take cargo or ballast on board before the old cargo is out, in order to steady the ship.



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