Definition of Thicken

1. Verb. Make thick or thicker. "Inspissate the tar so that it becomes pitch"

Exact synonyms: Inspissate
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Causes: Inspissate
Related verbs: Inspissate
Derivative terms: Inspissation, Thickener, Thickening
Antonyms: Thin

2. Verb. Become thick or thicker. "The egg yolk will inspissate"
Exact synonyms: Inspissate
Generic synonyms: Change State, Turn
Related verbs: Inspissate
Derivative terms: Inspissation
Antonyms: Thin

3. Verb. Make viscous or dense. "Thicken the sauce by adding flour"
Exact synonyms: Inspissate
Generic synonyms: Change Integrity
Derivative terms: Inspissation, Inspissation, Thickener, Thickening

Definition of Thicken

1. v. t. To make thick (in any sense of the word).

2. v. i. To become thick.

Definition of Thicken

1. Verb. (transitive) To make thicker (in the sense of wider). ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To make thicker (in the sense of more viscous) ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To become thicker (in the sense of wider). ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To become thicker (in the sense of more viscous). ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Thicken

1. to make thick [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: thick

Medical Definition of Thicken

1. To make thick (in any sense of the word). Specifically: To render dense; to inspissate; as, to thicken paint. To make close; to fill up interstices in; as, to thicken cloth; to thicken ranks of trees or men. To strengthen; to confirm. "And this may to thicken other proofs." (Shak) To make more frequent; as, to thicken blows. Origin: Thickened; Thickening. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Thicken

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Literary usage of Thicken

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The life and adventures of Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens (1883)
"THE DANGERS thicken, AND THE WOBST IS TOLD. Demanding speech with the prisoner, he was ushered into a kind of waiting- room, in which, by reason of his ..."

2. The Chemistry of the Arts: Being a Practical Display of the Arts and by Samuel Frederick Gray, Arthur Livermore Porter (1830)
"Take one gallon of a decoction of Persian berries of a specific gravity of 4° T., and dissolve in it 8 oz. of alum; thicken with flour. ..."

3. The Popular Science Monthly (1884)
"... and the sole grows convex, while the ankle is very likely to thicken and lose strength by fatty degeneration. It is most common among youth. ..."

4. The Popular Science Monthly by Harry Houdini Collection (Library of Congress) (1884)
"... and the sole grows convex, while the ankle is very likely to thicken and lose strength by fatty degeneration. It is most common among youth. ..."

5. The Works of William Makepeace Thackeray by William Makepeace Thackeray, Sir Leslie Stephen (1898)
"CHAPTER II SHOWS HOW THE PLOT BEGAN TO thicken IN OR ABOUT BEDFORD ROW MISS Lucy ! • " Upon my word !': " I'm hanged if it aren't Lucy ! ..."

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