from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In iron ship-building, one of a series of angle-bars, Z-bars, or other shapes, riveted to plating, particularly to the plating of bulkheads, to give them the necessary stiffness or rigidity. Stiffeners are called vertical stiffeners or horizontal stiffeners, according to the way they are arranged on the bulkhead.
  • noun One who or that which stiffens.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who, or that which, stiffens anything, as a piece of stiff cloth in a cravat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Anything added to something in order to stiffen it, such as a support beam, or starch for a collar.

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

  • noun material used for stiffening something


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stiffen +‎ -er


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    Hetty Wesley Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch 1903

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  • Send a self-addressed stamped envelope with a cardboard inside as a "stiffener" to prevent creases from the mail handling.

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  • He thought that would be a "stiffener" for London.

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  • "stiffener" of raw cognac, wrapped myself well, and at once fell asleep in the heavy rain, whilst the crew gathered under the sail.

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo Volume 1 Richard Francis Burton 1855

  • "stiffener" that would strengthen the British government's determination to secure security council resolution 1441.

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  • It happens that I am invited to hear him speak this evening and, though I arrive at the Hall in good time after the customary stiffener, I find queues snaking around the building.

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  • Need to go buy stuff for the T-shirt quilts I'm making, namely stiffener to back the (million) squares.

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