from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. the process of becoming stiff or rigid
  • n. the act of becoming stiff


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  • – I say I would become emphatic and cogent, not to say rather complacent, in such an address, when it would all go for nothing by reason of the Odd Girl’s suddenly stiffening from the toes upward, and glaring among us like a parochial petrifaction.

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  • They are postcard sized bits of fabric art, with some kind of stiffening in the centre which go directly in the post.

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  • He heard her breath coming quickly, and saw the kind of stiffening that went through her body; but she kept silence, and did not speak again till they were almost at his house-door.

    Maurice Guest

  • In addition to statical functions, such as stiffening of the building or room and taking up of loads, they should also meet fire-resisting, sound-insulating and heat-insulating requirements.

    1. Purpose of Ceilings

  • Shakespeare could not recover the fresh and popular part of the thing; for he came at a later stage in a process of stiffening which is the main thing to be studied in later mediævalism.

    A Short History of England

  • Army C, under the Austrian General von Pflanzer-Baltin, likewise supplied with a good "stiffening" of German soldiers, was accredited to the far-eastern section -- the Pruth Valley and the Bukowina.

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  • One prelate of distinction devoted his triennial charge to the subject, and a general "stiffening" of episcopal good nature set in all round.

    English Men of Letters: Crabbe

  • Shear thickening refers to a material's "stiffening" response to a shear stress, or force, which can occur as shock, vibration, or g-force side loads.

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  • Campbell interjects and says "there's too many qualifications" in the dossier, adding that the document needs "stiffening".

    The Guardian World News

  • As for belts, I strongly recommend at least two-ply leather at the absolute minimum, with the addition of some kind of stiffening material if you can find it (some people use another, etc.).

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

    August 24, 2011