• WordNet 3.6
    • v astringe become constricted or compressed "The cold substance astringes"
    • v astringe constrict or bind or draw together "Lemon juice astringes the tissue in the mouth"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Astringe To bind by moral or legal obligation.
    • Astringe To bind fast; to constrict; to contract; to cause parts to draw together; to compress. "Which contraction . . . astringeth the moisture of the brain and thereby sendeth tears into the eyes."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • astringe To compress; bind together; constrict.
    • astringe Figuratively, to oblige; constrain; bind by obligation.
    • astringe To become solid; congeal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Astringe to bind together: to draw tight: hence to render constipated
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. astringere,; ad, + stringere, to draw tight. Cf. Astrict, and see Strain (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. astringent-em, astringĕread, to, stringĕre, to bind.


In literature:

Yes; only they are an inferior species of galls, containing less of the astringent principle, and therefore less applicable to useful purposes.
"Conversations on Chemistry, V. 1-2" by Jane Marcet
After the harsh, astringent drug, the flavour was soothing and gratifying.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
Astringent fomentations; as an infusion of oak-bark, or a slight solution of alum.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
Seed oily, sweet, edible or bitter and astringent.
"The Pecan and its Culture" by H. Harold Hume
Feed which possesses astringent properties and tends to check secretion may also act as an exciting cause.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
An emollient gargle was given and, soon after, astringent applications; but in vain.
"The Voice" by Frank E. Miller
The most astringent features are always relaxed in the perusal of these amusing pages.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Volume 2, No. 12, May, 1851." by Various
If the Purging still continued, we were obliged to join the Use of Astringents along with the Opiates.
"An Account of the Diseases which were most frequent in the British military hospitals in Germany" by Donald Monro
The extreme sharpness of the air acted on his nerves like an astringent, and braced them swiftly.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 10 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
There was something sharply astringent about her then, like biting inadvertently into a green banana.
"Captain Macedoine's Daughter" by William McFee

In poetry:

Deep secrets are entrusted to me,
Someone's sun is in my care,
And at every turn, astringent wine
Pierces my soul.
"Unknown Woman" by Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
Each night my solitary friend
Is reflected in my glass,
Made meek and reeling, like myself,
By the mysterious, astringent liquid.
"Unknown Woman" by Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
I wrung my hands under my dark veil. . .
"Why are you pale, what makes you reckless?"
— Because I have made my loved one drunk
with an astringent sadness.
"I Wrung My Hands" by Anna Akhmatova

In news:

On the tongue, bitterness and astringency balance with spices, citrus and bitter orange.
You don't want chokecherries under-ripe because the flavor will be unpleasantly astringent.
With dark blue, astringent skins, and dry, sour flesh, the ancient plums called damsons aren't good for eating fresh.
A new box set of early albums captures Jan Garbarek's forming saxophone sound — austere and astringent.
Wheeldon's nightingale is his muse, Wendy Whelan, and the ballet is a paean to her in all her astringent, peculiar beauty.
The wry, astringent Donald Fagen of Steely Dan.
The flavor is remarkable, the eggplant 's astringent, faint bitterness yielding to the mild spiciness of the stuffing, which transcends the flavors of its ingredients in a way that's impossible to quite pin down.
Too much of an herb makes a drink bitter and astringent-tasting.
There's a heavy, somewhat astringent perfume that wafts through Portland's neighborhoods in early summer.
In a raw state, most quinces are mealy, granular, and dry and have an acidic astringency.
Red wine goes with steak and soda with a burger in part because the astringent feel and the fatty feel balance out in our mouths.
Heating sake makes for an astringent brew RA educates sake drinkers about the nuances of sake -pairing.
In Dong's interpretation, absence smells of ink, with an astringent kick reminiscent of shoe polish.
Compared with the four previous Pernice Brothers albums, Discover sounds astringent — not exactly stripped-down but streamlined.
It hits the palate full and round, leaving a bit astringent.

In science:

Note that his measure of the concentration, taking the supremum in (2), is very astringent and is governed by the extreme cases.
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