• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Starchly In a starched or starch manner.
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Granules of Potato Starch Granules of Potato Starch

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: As bananas ripen, the starch in the fruit turns to sugar. Therefore, the riper the banana the sweeter it will taste.
    • starchly In a starchy manner; with stiffness of manner; formally.
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  • 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.”


In literature:

Pearl felt she was just as well dressed as the little girl on the starch box.
"Sowing Seeds in Danny" by Nellie L. McClung
The starched linen seemed to cut into his flesh.
"Therese Raquin" by Emile Zola
I brought starch into all the neckcloths in England, and I end by tying my own at a three-inch looking-glass at Calais.
"Pelham, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Every year he had grown more starch and more saintly.
"Ernest Maltravers, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
She now thrives as a laundress; she is a rank Puritan, and starches for the godly.
"Lucretia, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The same membrane rewashed can again transform the diluted starch several times.
"Scientific American Supplement No. 275" by Various
And the crow, too: it was not black once, but its feathers were as white as starch.
"Filipino Popular Tales" by Dean S. Fansler
Rice contains much more starch, but on the other hand, much less albuminous matter and ash, than maize and barley.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 288" by Various
One day a teacher noticed that Caesar creaked when he moved, as if his clothes were starched.
"Cæsar or Nothing" by Pío Baroja Baroja
She had prepared some boiled starch to make it look new again.
"L'Assommoir" by Emile Zola

In poetry:

A was an Area Arch
Where washerwomen sat;
They made a lot of lovely starch
To starch Papa's cravat.
"Nonsense Alphabet" by Edward Lear
I do not love the Sabbath,
The soapsuds and the starch,
The troops of solemn people
Who to Salvation march.
"The Boy Out Of Church" by Robert Graves
Here let us part! I will not say,
O lady free from scents and starch,
That you are like, in any way,
The authoress of “Middlemarch”.
"Black Lizzie" by Henry Kendall
With dandy gait all stiff as starch,
These guardians of the town did march;
Each mewing malkin quick did fly,
As warriors tramp'd the alleys by.
"The Watch And Ward." by Samuel Bamford
Here's the shirt and chainmail Black Prince wore -
To starch and iron that were real tricky:
It took three boilermakers to put on his shirt,
And a blacksmith to put on his dicky.
"The Beefeater" by Weston and Lee
"Gran'ma, I'm come to spend the day,
'Cause mother finds me in the way.
Gran'ma, I'll peg the hankies out;
Gran'ma, I'll stir the starch about;
Gran'ma, I'm come, because, you see,
At home, they can't put up with me."
"On Washing Day" by Fay Inchfawn

In news:

The company had 2009 revenue of $1.2 billion from sales of specialty starches to both local and multinational customers in the food, papermaking, consumer and industrial markets.
Reuters reports that Henkel expects savings of $218 million this year following its integration with parts of National Starch in the spring of 2008.
Producers aiming for high-quality beef, take note: starch is a key at every step in the life of cattle.
A recent study from the University of Illinois shows the level of starch in both growing and finishing diets can affect overall performance and final carcass merit.
Usually, they combine starches with petrochemical-derived polymers.
This portfolio is comprised of cook-up and instant viscosity starches , as well as starch gels.
Penford also develops formulations for coatings, gluten-free products, and marinades, batters for protein substrates and starch -based pet treats and toys.
PenPure starch for frozen yogurt.
After 18-Hour Fast, People Drawn to Starches First and Vegetables Last.
New rules could all but suspend starches from public schools.
Depending on legislation, it can be labeled as a corn starch / starch and may be suitable for products making a natural claim.
My dietitian told me to cut back on carbs, but I'm confused about what counts as a grain and which vegetables are starches.
Very little starch content, so texture remains very moist.
In that 15-year period, $18.2 billion in tax dollars – $7.58 per taxpayer each year – subsidized four additives: corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, corn starch and hydrogenated vegetable oils.
A man in a starched white chef's jacket strolls through the dining room carrying an earthy harbinger of fall: "The season's truffles".

In science:

While the random aggregation of the amplifying fibers itself provides some scattering, the latter was enhanced in our experiments by the addition of passive scatterers like non-active fiber pieces or granular starch.
Levy statistical fluctuations from a Random Amplifying Medium
The tails of the histograms can be fitted to the power law function (g−ν ) with exponents ν = 0.62 and 1.68, for systems with passive scattering medium as non-active white fiber pieces and granular starch respectively.
Levy statistical fluctuations from a Random Amplifying Medium