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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A naturally abundant nutrient carbohydrate, (C6H10O5)n, found chiefly in the seeds, fruits, tubers, roots, and stem pith of plants, notably in corn, potatoes, wheat, and rice, and varying widely in appearance according to source but commonly prepared as a white amorphous tasteless powder.
  • n. Any of various substances, such as natural starch, used to stiffen cloth, as in laundering.
  • n. Foods having a high content of starch, as rice, breads, and potatoes.
  • n. Stiff behavior.
  • n. Vigor; mettle: "Business travel can take the starch out of the most self-assured corporate titan” ( Lisa Faye Kaplan).
  • transitive v. To stiffen with starch.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A widely diffused vegetable substance found especially in seeds, bulbs, and tubers, and extracted (as from potatoes, corn, rice, etc.) as a white, glistening, granular or powdery substance, without taste or smell, and giving a very peculiar creaking sound when rubbed between the fingers. It is used as a food, in the production of commercial grape sugar, for stiffening linen in laundries, in making paste, etc.
  • n. Carbohydrates, as with grain and potato based foods.
  • n. A stiff, formal manner; formality.
  • n. Any of various starch-like substances used as a laundry stiffener
  • v. To apply or treat with laundry starch, to create a hard, smooth surface.
  • adj. Stiff; precise; rigid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Stiff; precise; rigid.
  • n. A widely diffused vegetable substance found especially in seeds, bulbs, and tubers, and extracted (as from potatoes, corn, rice, etc.) as a white, glistening, granular or powdery substance, without taste or smell, and giving a very peculiar creaking sound when rubbed between the fingers. It is used as a food, in the production of commercial grape sugar, for stiffening linen in laundries, in making paste, etc.
  • n. Fig.: A stiff, formal manner; formality.
  • transitive v. To stiffen with starch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Strong; hard; tough.
  • Rigid; hence, precise.
  • n. A proximate principle of plants, having the formula C6H10O5. or a multiple of that formula.
  • n. A preparation of commercial starch with boiling (or less frequently cold) water, used in the laundry or factory for stiffening linen or cotton fabrics before ironing.
  • n. A stiff, formal manner; starchedness.
  • To stiffen with starch.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a complex carbohydrate found chiefly in seeds, fruits, tubers, roots and stem pith of plants, notably in corn, potatoes, wheat, and rice; an important foodstuff and used otherwise especially in adhesives and as fillers and stiffeners for paper and textiles
  • v. stiffen with starch
  • n. a commercial preparation of starch that is used to stiffen textile fabrics in laundering

Etymologies

Middle English starche, substance used to stiffen cloth (sense uncertain), from sterchen, to stiffen, from Old English *stercan.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English stearc ("stark, strong, rough"). See also stark. Compare German stärke. (Wiktionary)

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