• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Starchness The quality or state of being starched or starchy{5}; stiffness of manner; preciseness.
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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.
    • n starchness Stiffness of manner; preciseness.
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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:

She lifted Rebecca's starched petticoat from the bed to give Mother a seat, when Mother came rather wearily in to watch them.
"Mother" by Kathleen Norris
But there is something ahead that will take a little of the starch out of you and teach you sense.
"The Guns of Bull Run" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Jim rose to his feet; but the starch was purty well taken out of him, an' of course this touched her heart, she bein' a woman.
"Happy Hawkins" by Robert Alexander Wason
When Andre came to his senses he had the menu printed on stiffly starched cuffs, and served the ices in little wooden tubs.
"The Trimmed Lamp" by O. Henry
Gently mix this cool starch gel with the sprouting seeds, making sure the seeds are uniformly blended.
"Gardening Without Irrigation: or without much, anyway" by Steve Solomon
Everything that they consume as food contains a certain quantity of starch, gum, or sugar, mixed with other matters.
"Familiar Letters of Chemistry" by Justus Liebig
Why, thy best shirt is in t' suds, and no time for t' starch and iron it.
"Sylvia's Lovers, Vol. II" by Elizabeth Gaskell
Why, thy best shirt is in t' suds, and no time for t' starch and iron it.
"Sylvia's Lovers -- Complete" by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
And the little bear's starched clothes crack and snap while the revolving tree-horse whirls about like some mad dervish.
"Vignettes Of San Francisco" by Almira Bailey
Oh, believe it, throbbing pulses flutter under folds of starch, And the Dons are human-hearted if the ladies' smiles be arch.
"The Adventures of Mr. Verdant Green, Vols. I to III" by Cuthbert Bede

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
"A daisy crisp and snowy
Would be the choice for school;
A fresh hat every morning,
With scallops starched and cool.
"June" by Nancy Byrd Turner
Ancestors grim that stare
Stiff, starched, and haughty down
From the oaken wall of the noble hall
Put on a sterner frown.
"The Mirror" by Madison Julius Cawein
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
Which is the world? Of our two sleepings, which
Shall fall awake when cures and their itch
Raise up this red-eyed earth?
Pack off the shapes of daylight and their starch,
The sunny gentlemen, the Welshing rich,
Or drive the night-geared forth.
"Our Eunuch Dreams" by Dylan Thomas

In news:

Hear from the author of The Skinny Carbs Diet about the unique and beneficial attributes of this naturally derived starch .
Resistant starches from several vegetable sources are available to up the fiber and lower your body weight.
Rigid thermoplastic starch (TPS) films for food, retail packaging.
AkzoNobel has finalized the $1.3 billion sale of its National Starch business.
AkzoNobel Completes National Starch Divestment.
Corn Products to Buy National Starch for $1.3 Billion.
Just when you thought you had mastered food exchanges, carbohydrate counting, and the glycemic index, along comes something else that you may want to include in your meal-planning arsenal: resistant starch .
Henkel KgaA has announced that it will acquire the adhesives and electronic materials businesses of National Starch and Chemical Company of Bridgewater, NJ, USA, a subsidiary of ICI plc.
National Starch digitally monitors pressure, flow, level, conductivity, pH and weight instruments via fieldbus.
Just the Right Amount of Starch .
National Starch and Chemical Company, a member of the ICI Group, is a worldwide manufacturer of adhesives, specialty polymers, electronic materials and specialty starches , with 2005 sales of $3.34 billion.
That's according to a new test that determines how much of the starch in corn silage has been processed for adequate digestion.
The two remaining corn starches are high-amylose corn starches .
With an idea of how starches differ, discussing how these same starches perform should readily divulge how the different elements of starch structure affect performance, right.
E-15 is a new gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol, a gas made from distilling or fermenting starches.

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