American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To change into curd. See Synonyms at coagulate.
- v. To become congealed as if by having changed into curd: The blood in my veins curdled at the horrific sight.
- v. To go bad or become spoiled.
- v. To cause to change into or as if into curd.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To change into curd; cause to thicken or coagulate.
- To coagulate or thicken; become curd.
- v. transitive, intransitive To form curds so that it no longer flows smoothly; to cause to form such curds. (usually said of milk)
- v. transitive, intransitive To clot or coagulate; to cause to congeal, such as through cold. (metaphorically of blood)
- v. transitive To cause a liquid to spoil and form clumps so that it no longer flows smoothly
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To change into curd; to coagulate.
- v. To thicken; to congeal.
- v. To change into curd; to cause to coagulate.
- v. To congeal or thicken.
- v. turn from a liquid to a solid mass
- v. turn into curds
- v. go bad or sour
- Metathesis of Middle English crudle, from an Old English crudan ("to press, drive") via crud. (Wiktionary)
- Frequentative of curd. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Pour in the lemon juice and stir to a smooth consistency, allowing the juice to "curdle" and "cook" the eggs and milk.”
“Caution, therefore, is good: fear, however, will almost certainly curdle your hollandaise quicker than the evillest of eyes.”
“Ressentiment sometimes goads such mass movements into a fleeting brilliance, but they curdle and collapse, tragi-comically or catastrophically, on their own cowardice, ignorance, and lies.”
“And the sky is blue, baby lambs are fuzzy and warm and milk will curdle if you pour it into orange juice.”
“But what makes milk curdle more often than not is acidity.”
“Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then gradually add the eggs, beating well after each addition so the mixture doesn't curdle.”
“It is essential not to let the mixture get too hot otherwise it will curdle.”
“Cut to our discount-aisle Eminem challenging The Gadget Master to a technoduel with a nearby Yaris driver whose face is so smug it could curdle mahogany.”
“Make sure the water in the tin comes at least two-thirds up the sides of the moulds, otherwise your dessert will curdle.”
“There is some concern that if people become too comfortable in not talking about the cultural issues, that that could ultimately curdle into a lack of interest," said Republican strategist Ralph Reed, a onetime executive director of the Christian Coalition.”
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