• WordNet 3.6
    • n astringency the ability to contract or draw together soft body tissues to check blood flow or restrict secretion of fluids
    • n astringency a sharp astringent taste; the taste experience when a substance causes the mouth to pucker
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Astringency The quality of being astringent; the power of contracting the parts of the body; that quality in medicines or other substances which causes contraction of the organic textures; as, the astringency of tannin.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n astringency The quality of being astringent; especially, that property in certain substances by which they cause contraction of soft or relaxed parts of the body: as, the astringency of acids or bitters.
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In literature:

His songs are sweet, yet never so spontaneous as Schubert's, so astringently intellectual as Robert Franz's.
"Old Fogy" by James Huneker
The fruit can be eaten as it is, but it is like the persimmon; it must be fully ripe, or it will be too astringent.
"The Wonder Island Boys: The Mysteries of the Caverns" by Roger Thompson Finlay
The rough, astringent, thirst-creating smack is the produce of the brown malt, and a well conducted fermentation.
"The American Practical Brewer and Tanner" by Joseph Coppinger
This treatment can be applied to all white and light-colored wines, when it is not desirable to have a certain astringency in the wine.
"The Cultivation of The Native Grape, and Manufacture of American Wines" by George Husmann
If astringent lotions are employed, drying the sore, and driving it in on the brain, serious injury may be caused.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
Irritant, astringent, and tonic; two to four drachms.
"Cattle and Their Diseases" by Robert Jennings
A harsh, austere, astringent kind of fruit, resembling a plumb, was found in some places.
"Voyage of H.M.S. Pandora" by Edward Edwards
Astringent washes may be applied to the mouth as a gargle or by means of a sponge.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Like tea, it is slightly stimulating and astringent.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
When the skin is pale, lax, and wrinkled, astringent washes may be used.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
The oak leaves are very essential for their astringent qualities.
"The Cookery Blue Book" by Society for Christian Work of the First Unitarian Church, San Francisco, California
The hot astringent injections tone up the lower supports of the uterus, and cleanse the passage.
"Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why" by Martha M. Allen
Wheat, they say, makes the most nourishing beer, but heating and astringent.
"Odd Bits of History" by Henry W. Wolff
The art of tanning consists in converting hides and skins into leather, by impregnating them with astringent matter.
"Popular Technology, Vol. I (of 2)" by Edward Hazen
Iron in the intestine causes an astringent or constipating effect.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 7" by Various
It possesses a powerful astringent metallic taste.
"Memoranda on Poisons" by Thomas Hawkes Tanner
Zirconium chlorid has an astringent taste, and if fed repeatedly will cause the metallic astringent action.
"Barium, A Cause of the Loco-Weed Disease" by Albert Cornelius Crawford
If there is an astringent flavor, the tea has stood too long.
"Foods and Household Management" by Helen Kinne
All acids and astringents are bad for a healthy throat and stomach.
"Advice to Singers" by Frederick James Crowest
They have an astringent taste which disappears only when the berry is dead ripe.
"The Land of Tomorrow" by William B Stephenson, Jr.

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:

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.
So Barney, who's not the ladies' man he used to be, is fixed up for the summer with Olive's astringent friend, Pearl.
In exactly a reverse way, animal proteins and fats (and some vegetable fats) bind to tannin in red wine, mollify the tannin 's astringency and, as it's put, "soften the wine".
Roasting them yields a smoky flavor and aroma that might be just the ticket for those who find regular green tea too astringent.
When I was a young girl, I used witch hazel on my face as an astringent.
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.
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.
This scrub brings a healthy glow to sallow skin, as the almond meal's soothing properties help heal any infection while the orange juice and essential oil act as an astringent.
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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