• WordNet 3.6
    • n stiffening the act of becoming stiff "stiffening his shoulders, he prepared to advance"
    • n stiffening the process of becoming stiff or rigid
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Stiffening Act or process of making stiff.
    • Stiffening Something used to make anything stiff.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stiffening Something that is used to make a substance stiff or less soft, as starch.
    • n stiffening Something inserted to make a garment, or part of a garment, stiff and capable of keeping its shape. See buckram, crinoline.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Stiffening something used to make a substance more stiff
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  • Francis H. Bradley
    “Our live experiences, fixed in aphorisms, stiffen into cold epigrams. Our heart's blood, as we write it, turns to mere dull ink.”
  • Edward M. Forster
    “Faith, to my mind, is a stiffening process, a sort of mental starch, which ought to be applied as sparingly as possible.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. stíf, stiff; Dut. stijf, Dan. stiv.


In literature:

Steve stared about him a moment, his back stiffening.
"Man to Man" by Jackson Gregory
Drennen stiffened, started to his feet as though he had looked upon magic.
"Wolf Breed" by Jackson Gregory
She saw the look and instantly flushed and stiffened.
"The Boss of the Lazy Y" by Charles Alden Seltzer
You stiffen this man and we'll be held up in production for hours!
"The Revolt on Venus" by Carey Rockwell
Each was pale and short of breath, and it was difficult for the young girl to force her stiffened lips into a smile.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
Other periods of active improvement have died by stiffening at last into some routine.
"George Bernard Shaw" by Gilbert K. Chesterton
That will stiffen your knees some.
"Overland Red" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
The stiffened joints and the wrinkles would not deceive such miscreants.
"Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)" by James S. De Benneville
Here Susanna placed softly her lady, who was almost stiffened with cold and fatigue.
"Strife and Peace" by Fredrika Bremer
Reheat the tool for further forging directly the steel begins to stiffen under the hammer.
"The Working of Steel" by Fred H. Colvin

In poetry:

We drag with stiffening fingers
Our rifles up the hill.
The path is steep and tangled,
But leads to Flanders still.
"Marching at Home: Pictures" by Edward Shanks
"It could not be ! her grave had clos'd,
And it covered was for aye.
I had seen the body on the bier,
And it was stiffen'd clay:
"The Penitent's Confession" by Anne Bannerman
SWIFT round and round yon yellow mound,
With grasses rank and pale,
Race stiffened leaves; a waking sound
Is on the autumn gale.
"And Ghosts Break Up Their Graves" by John Vance Cheney
Sudden she stopp'd, for now in view
The crowded hall appear'd.
Chill horror seiz'd her stiffen'd frame,
Her voice no more was heard.
"A Ballad" by Jane Bowdler
Ere her limbs frigidly
Stiffen too rigidly,
Decently, kindly,
Smooth and compose them;
And her eyes, close them,
Staring so blindly!
"The Bridge of Sighs" by Thomas Hood
Two stiffened forms, where they had died,
As sculptured marble white and cold,
Lying together side by side
Beneath one blanket's fold.
"Under One Blanket" by James Barron Hope

In news:

BP, Other Oil Companies Opposed Effort to Stiffen Environmental, Safety Rules for Offshore Drilling.
Stiffening human trafficking penalties with Proposition 35.
Provisions of the bill include stiffening penalties for those who make illegal purchases of meth ingredients and increasing prison time for manufacturing meth with children present.
That's the knee that Magglio hurt a few years back, and it does stiffen up every now and then.
Stiffen up your Mustang's front end with this adjustable system from Total Control Products.
Patented recently is an integrally woven three-dimensional preform with stiffeners in two directions constructed from a woven base fabric having first, second and third woven fabrics.
The US is stiffening the penalties against Iran over its nuclear program by blacklisting 12 companies and individuals for their work in transferring sensitive technology and uranium enrichment.
Tennessee safety commissioner talks about governor's plans to stiffen domestic violence penalties.
Penalties may stiffen for busting prohibited areas.
Does it stiffen or growl.
) The suspension has also been stiffened for better cornering.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's re-election has stiffened Democrats' spine against cutting popular benefit programs such as those providing health care coverage and retirement benefits to the elderly.
President Barack Obama's re-election has stiffened Democrats' spine against cutting popular benefit programs like Medicare and Social Security.
The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Board of Directors has approved a recommendation to stiffen several penalties in hockey that become effective immediately.
P resident Barack Obama's re-election has stiffened Democrats' spine against cutting popular benefit programs such as Medicare and Social Security.

In science:

When the inner core reaches nuclear density, the stiffening of the nuclear equation of state (EOS) induces core bounce, launching a strong shock wave that slams into the still infalling outer core.
The Role of Collective Neutrino Flavor Oscillations in Core-Collapse Supernova Shock Revival
Piercing an interface with a brush: Collaborative stiffening.
Deformation of a free interface pierced by a tilted cylinder
The main effects of the jet resolution on the jet energy spectrum are to shift it to higher energy and stiffen the slope slightly.
sPHENIX: An Upgrade Concept from the PHENIX Collaboration
For a CNT quantum dot, the effects of damping, spring stiffening and softening, and nonlinearity, are completely dominated by single-electron charging effects23 .
Probing the charge of a quantum dot with a nanomechanical resonator
As the sign of ∂ 3 hN i/∂V 3 g goes from positive, to negative, to positive again, across a Coulomb peak, mode coupling causes softening, then stiffening, and then softening, in the CNT spring.
Probing the charge of a quantum dot with a nanomechanical resonator