from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Something that is used to make a substance stiff or less soft, as starch.
  • noun Something inserted to make a garment, or part of a garment, stiff and capable of keeping its shape. See buckram, crinoline.

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

  • noun Act or process of making stiff.
  • noun Something used to make anything stiff.
  • noun (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.

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

  • noun An item, material or feature that makes something stiffer.
  • verb Present participle of stiffen.

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

  • noun the process of becoming stiff or rigid
  • noun the act of becoming stiff


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  • My adjectival use: 'They were getting chilled in the stiffening wind.'

    August 24, 2011