• WordNet 3.6
    • v blanch turn pale, as if in fear
    • v blanch cook (vegetables) briefly "Parboil the beans before freezing them"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Blanch Fig.: To whiten; to give a favorable appearance to; to whitewash; to palliate. "Blanch over the blackest and most absurd things."
    • n Blanch (Mining) Ore, not in masses, but mixed with other minerals.
    • Blanch To avoid, as from fear; to evade; to leave unnoticed. "Ifs and ands to qualify the words of treason, whereby every man might express his malice and blanch his danger.""I suppose you will not blanch Paris in your way."
    • Blanch (Gardening) To bleach by excluding the light, as the stalks or leaves of plants, by earthing them up or tying them together.
    • Blanch To cause to turn aside or back; as, to blanch a deer.
    • Blanch To cover (sheet iron) with a coating of tin.
    • Blanch To give a white luster to (silver, before stamping, in the process of coining.).
    • v. i Blanch To grow or become white; as, his cheek blanched with fear; the rose blanches in the sun. "Bones blanching on the grass."
    • Blanch (Confectionery & Cookery) To make white by removing the skin of, as by scalding; as, to blanch almonds.
    • Blanch To take the color out of, and make white; to bleach; as, to blanch linen; age has blanched his hair.
    • v. i Blanch To use evasion. "Books will speak plain, when counselors blanch ."
    • Blanch (Confectionery & Cookery) To whiten, as the surface of meat, by plunging into boiling water and afterwards into cold, so as to harden the surface and retain the juices.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • blanch White; pale.
    • blanch Same as blench.
    • blanch literally, pale fever; hence, to have the blanch fever is either to be in love or to be sick with wantonness.
    • n blanch Same as blanc, 3.
    • n blanch A white spot on the skin.
    • n blanch In mining, a piece of ore found isolated in the hard rock.
    • blanch To make white; whiten by depriving of color; render colorless: as, to blanch linen.
    • blanch In horticulture, to whiten or prevent from becoming green by excluding the light: a process applied to the stems or leaves of plants, such as celery, lettuce, sea-kale, etc. It is done by banking up earth about the stems of the plants, tying the leaves together to keep the inner ones from the light, or covering with pots, boxes, or the like.
    • blanch To make pale, as with sickness, fear, cold, etc.
    • blanch Figuratively, to give a fair appearance to, as an immoral act; palliate; slur; pass over.
    • blanch In cookery, to soak (as meat or vegetables) in hot water, or to scald by a short, rapid boiling, for the purpose of producing firmness or whiteness.
    • blanch In the arts, to whiten or make lustrous (as metals) by acids or other means; also, to cover with a thin coating of tin.
    • blanch Synonyms and Etiolate, etc. See whiten.
    • blanch To become white; turn pale.
    • blanch To shun or avoid, as from fear; evade.
    • blanch To shrink; shift; equivocate.
    • n blanch Lead ore mixed with other minerals.
    • blanch To blanch silver, to oxidize copper superficially, when present in an alloy with silver, by heating to redness in the air, and then dissolving out the oxid of copper by dilute sulphuric acid, thus leaving the surface of the object with the white appearance of pure silver.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Blanch blansh to whiten
    • v.i Blanch to grow white
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. blanchen, blaunchen, F. blanchir, fr. blanc, white. See Blank (a.)


In literature:

Shell and blanch 1 qt.
"365 Luncheon Dishes" by Anonymous
The "Blanche" tacked in chase.
"The Grateful Indian" by W.H.G. Kingston
The whole were next plunged for an instant into boiling water, which gave them a blanched appearance.
"The Forest Exiles" by Mayne Reid
Poor little Blanche, having her teeth out!
"Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie" by George Brenton Laurie
Blanche Lawrence was married yesterday to Ted Martin.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The squire half rises, one hand on his chair, his blanched face strained, listening.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Here, under my finger, is Cote Blanche.
"The Lady and the Pirate" by Emerson Hough
Blanche Haight was among them, and at sight of Peggy she turned her back pointedly, and whispered to the others.
"Peggy" by Laura E. Richards
Unfortunately he saw the beautiful Blanche Woolridge, and was more attentive to her than pleased her parents.
"Asiatic Breezes" by Oliver Optic
The whole were next plunged for an instant into boiling water, which gave them a blanched appearance.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

So the eternal soul-blanch, she,--
Olympus, awful snow,--
To sheen to mortals, took life's prism,--
Iris-like below.
"Immortal Eve - III" by Manmohan Ghose
Quickly earth's jewels disappear;
The turf, whereon I tread,
Ere autumn blanch another year,
May rest above my head.
"Autumn" by Mary Baker Eddy
It is the voice of Cameron
That rises upward now—
I tell thee there is nought on earth
Can blanch that fearless brow.
"Cameron's Stone" by Alexander Anderson
Gods nude as blanched nut-kernels.
Strangely, half-sinisterly flesh-fragrant
As if with sweat,
And drenched with mystery.
"Medlars And Sorb-Apples" by D H Lawrence
And ev'ry lip was blanched with dread
And moaning for relief;
The music of the golden harps
Grew fainter for their grief.
"Fishers Of Men" by Frances Ellen Watkins
COULD I put up my hand and pluck a star,
I would give that power
To be one hour
Where you, Blanche Gaylord, love and beauty are.
"Blanche Gaylord" by John Vance Cheney

In news:

A first-of-its kind federal pilot project designed to make it easier for patients to directly complain about medical errors, safety issues, and harm may prompt some doctors and hospitals to blanch.
The statement angered the former gymnasts who gave impact statements at the hearing before Judge Blanche Hill Fawell.
When they get older, Logan, Eli and Collin Penn may blanch at the notion they wore nail polish to their first press conference.
He was born May 15, 1934, in Mottville, a son of Lowell and Margaret Blanche (Broadworth) Kline .
Blanche and Robert Jenson live in Princeton, where he is a senior editor for the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology.
She was born in Roundup, Montana on December 4, 1921 and was a daughter of the late Henry and Blanche (Ullom) Anderson.
Born Sept 20, 1914, in Ashland, he was the son of Roy L and Blanche Simanton Gault.
He was the beloved husband of the late Blanche A (Allaire) Lanoue.
Peg was born in Watertown on June 8, 1921, to Francis and Blanche (Henry) Currant.
Minnie Blanch Sargent, 85, Carthage, passed away Sunday, Oct 21, 2012, at Freeman West Hospital, Joplin, Mo.
She was born to Luel and Blanche Rash on Sept 28, 1935 in Eureka.
Born Dec 27, 1933, in Strodes Mills, she was the daughter of the late Robert C and Blanch (Arnold) Smith.
The biggest news from Tuesday's primary results was that Sen Blanche Lincoln did not lose her reelection bid, much as the media tried to make sure she would.
Melvin Matthews Orr was born Oct 16, 1927, in Dover, Fla. To the late Sarah Blanche Matthews Orr and Bedford Blake Orr .
Osborne , 79, formerly of Coldiron, KY, daughter of the late David and Blanche Miller, passed away September 19, 2012.

In science:

Blanchfield form in Definition 7.6 shows that the formula given in Proposition 10.2 is the corresponding chain level calculation.
A Second Order Algebraic Knot Concordance Group
We have a two stage definition of the metabelian Cochran-Orr-Teichner obstruction set, since we need the Blanchfield form to define the elements and the notion of vanishing in COT (C/1.5) ; whereas an element of the group AC 2 is defined in a single stage from the geometry, via a handle decomposition.
A Second Order Algebraic Knot Concordance Group
Levine [Lev69, Lemma 1] proves that this is an equivalence relation. A Blanchfield form is an Alexander Z[Z]-module H (Theorem 6.2) with a Z[Z]module isomorphism: Bl : H ≃−→ H ∧ := HomZ[Z] (H, Q(Z)/Z[Z]), which satisfies Bl = Bl∧ .
A Second Order Algebraic Knot Concordance Group
We define the Witt group of equivalence classes of Blanchfield forms, with addition by direct sum and the inverse of (H, Bl) given by (H, − Bl).
A Second Order Algebraic Knot Concordance Group
The integral version is harder, but follows from the proof (see [Ran03, Theorems 3.10 and 4.2]) of the fact that the Witt group of Seifert forms and the Witt group of Blanchfield forms are isomorphic.
A Second Order Algebraic Knot Concordance Group