• WordNet 3.6
    • adj thickening accumulating and becoming more intense "the deepening gloom","felt a deepening love","the thickening dusk"
    • adj thickening becoming more intricate or complex "a thickening plot"
    • n thickening the act of thickening
    • n thickening any thickened enlargement
    • n thickening any material used to thicken "starch is used in cooking as a thickening"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Arrowroot, an antidote for poisoned arrows, is used as a thickener in cooking.
    • n Thickening Something put into a liquid or mass to make it thicker.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n thickening The act or process of making or becoming thick.
    • n thickening A substance used in making thick; specifically, in dyeing and calico-printing, same as thickener.
    • n thickening That which has become thick.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Thickening something put into a liquid or mass to make it more thick
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  • Rebecca West
    “But there are other things than dissipation that thicken the features. Tears, for example.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. thicce; cog. with Ger. dick.


In literature:

Poor Mr. Mortlake, gone off without any to Devonport, somewhere about four in the fog-thickened darkness of a winter night!
"The Grey Wig: Stories and Novelettes" by Israel Zangwill
Sometimes Old-pease boiled in the broth from the first, to thicken it, but no Pease to be served in with it.
"The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened" by Kenelm Digby
He turned quickly and retraced his steps through the thickening twilight.
"The Voice of the People" by Ellen Glasgow
The plot was thickening to formidable opaqueness.
"The Princess Elopes" by Harold MacGrath
The gravy may be thickened with cornstarch.
"Mrs. Wilson's Cook Book" by Mary A. Wilson
Remember that in reproduction the lines tend to thicken and so to crowd out the light between them.
"Pen Drawing" by Charles Maginnis
A careful examination of the back will show the site, and often the nature, of the thickening or encumbrance which is present.
"The Healthy Life, Vol. V, Nos. 24-28" by Various
His voice was thickening.
"The Courage of Marge O'Doone" by James Oliver Curwood
Let it boil until it thickens, then add salt and pepper.
"Public School Domestic Science" by Mrs. J. Hoodless
Brandy, thickened with sugar, may also be given.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce

In poetry:

Do old oaks thicken all the woods,
With weeds and brakes as here?
Does common water make the floods,
That's common everywhere?
"Distant Hills" by John Clare
The birds their vernal notes repeat,
And glad the thickening grove,
And feather'd partners fondly greet
With many a song of love:
"Sir Eldred Of The Bower : A Legendary Tale: In Two Parts" by Hannah More
Ah, bird singing late in the gloam
While the evening shadow thickens,
And the dizzy bat-wings roam,
And the faint starlight quickens;
"Lonely Airs" by John Freeman
The spot is flaked with mist, that fills,
Thickening into rolls more dank,
The thresholds and the window-sills,
And smokes on every bank.
"The Fishermen" by Emile Verhaeren
The tender, sweet Enthusiast,
The bright-eyed maid with hero's soul,
Had watched the thickening shadow cast
O'er all the land, in death and dole.
"The Beauteous Terrorist" by Sir Henry Parkes
Eyes of hours whose paces halt or quicken
Read in bloodred lines of loss and blame,
Writ where cloud and darkness round it thicken,
Time, thy name.
"Time And Life" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

When mixture starts to thicken enough to coat the spoon, about 5 minutes, add apricots and cook for 2 minutes longer, just enough to soften the fruit, while continuing to stir.
Reduce heat, simmer uncovered 30-45 mins or until slightly thickened.
The plot is thickening amid an alleged vote-buying scandal in the Richmond County Sheriff's Office race.
I used canned clams and lots of flour to thicken the soup.
Open lid for last 45 minutes of cooking to thicken, if desired.
Put mixture into saucepan and cook on medium-low temperature until the mixture thickens into a custard, about 10 minutes.
Add heavy cream and reduce until thickened.
Créme anglaise is a slightly thickened custard sauce that is used as a garnish on all sorts of desserts.
According to the weather service, the fog should thicken through the "early sunrise" and could reduce viability to near-zero.
IN EFFECT UNTIL NOV 22, 9:00 a.m. Johnson/Special to the Caller-Times You can use your crème fraîche as a cooling garnish or to thicken creamy sauces.
Pitt engineers to design affordable CO2 thickener to augment oil extraction .
Engineers to design affordable carbon dioxide thickener to augment oil extraction .
Tara Gum for Emulsion Thickening and Texturizing.
Where does glucomannan (a natural thickening agent) fall on the spectrum.
Heat and reduce until slightly thickened, cool and store in the refrigerator.

In science:

Such kinematically hot components may lead to the thickening of thin galactic disks in those instances when a disk galaxy goes through a starburst phase.
MODEST-1: Integrating Stellar Evolution and Stellar Dynamics
However, a standard approach is to assume that the viscosity is a function of the sound speed in the disk and the disk thickens.
Viscous diffusion and photoevaporation of stellar disks
This theory can be regarded as a “pro jection” of the knot theory in thickened surfaces Sg × R (for example, as studied in [JKS]).
Virtual Knots and Links
It is the complete list of moves that occur when considering a generic pro jection of Sg × I to R2 × I (or equivalently R3 ), i.e. thickened surface is pro jected generically to thickened plane.
Virtual Knots and Links
Actual crossings in the thickened surface are rendered as classical crossings in the thickened plane.
Virtual Knots and Links