• WordNet 3.6
    • n curdling the process of forming semisolid lumps in a liquid
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  • Lord Byron
    “For in itself a thought, a slumbering thought, is capable of years, and curdles a long life into one hour.”


Curdle your blood - If something is very frightening or disturbing, it curdles your blood.


In literature:

I thought and thought until my brain curdled.
"Mary Cary" by Kate Langley Bosher
It curdled his own blood, but he could not repress it.
"Bressant" by Julian Hawthorne
Bart halted with a nameless shock, for the utterance was distinctly human and curdling.
"Bart Stirling's Road to Success" by Allen Chapman
Then he switches off from the artillery, and tells a blood-curdling tale of Boer treachery and cowardice.
"Campaign Pictures of the War in South Africa (1899-1900)" by A. G. Hales
I thank you, gods, That I'm no Theban born: How my blood curdles!
"The Works of John Dryden, Vol. 6 (of 18)" by John Dryden
These latter made a cold shiver run down my spine; the noise they made was so blood-curdling.
"Fanny Goes to War" by Pat Beauchamp
Then it fell about him, splashed the curdled sand, and was pulled up taut, embracing Barger's waist.
"The Furnace of Gold" by Philip Verrill Mighels
How blood-curdling they sounded!
"Indiscreet Letters From Peking"
One's blood curdles at the narrative.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Two" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
Out into the clammy night air came the echoes of a hideous, inhuman, blood-curdling scream.
"The Black Box" by E. Phillips Oppenheim

In poetry:

Where the molten metals
Curdle bright,
He sees cherry petals
Fallen on blue violets in the night.
"The Woodsman In The Foundry" by Marjorie Lowry Christie Pickthall
Three times thrice hath winter's rough white wing
Crossed and curdled wells and streams with ice
Since his birth whose praises love would sing
Three times thrice.
"A Ninth Birthday" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Nay! doth your mind not stumble on the truth,
Here by this old hound lying at your feet,
With all his clotted blood in crimson pools
Curdling among the rushes on the floor?
"Llewellyn" by Walter Richard Cassels
The moon the clouds had shattered
In curdled peaks of pearl;
The honeysuckle scattered
Warm odors from each curl,
Where the white moonlight, flattered,
Hung molten 'round a girl.
"The Tryst" by Madison Julius Cawein
Like those that sit and glare so still,
Intense with their death struggle, till
We touch, and curdle at their chill!
But breathing yet while she doth burn
The deathless Daughter of the Sun!
"The Phoenix" by George Darley
For his heart was soured in his weary old hide,
And his hopes had curdled in his breast.
His friend had been untrue, and his love had thrown him over
For the chinking money-bags she liked best.
"A Tale Of Starvation" by Amy Lowell

In news:

Those high-pitched, blood-curdling screams aren't from a stampede of tween girls en route to the next Justin Bieber concert: they're from Bieber himself.
At The Box, Simon Hammerstein's louche cabaret, a spectacular cocktail of class and crass has started to curdle.
Mean humor, snide caricatures cause 'Butter' to curdle .
New city scrutiny could curdle the Greenpoint Food Market.
A Curdled Musical Romance Gets Couples Counseling.
Washington Ballet's 'Dracula' swoops, slithers with blood- curdling style.
Vincent Lam's new book takes us on a tour of Asia that is blood curdling .
Tough-talking, with the dregs of a virtuous heart curdled by the world's bleak crookedness, the hard-boiled private eye emerged in the 1920s in an obscure magazine, The Black Mask.
New city scrutiny could curdle the Greenpoint Food Market .
Bing Crosby meets Nixon and more in Rarely Done's curdled black comedy Judy's Scary Little Christmas.
At The Box, Simon Hammerstein 's louche cabaret, a spectacular cocktail of class and crass has started to curdle.
Gail Simmons was so disappointed during the Top Chef Season 5 finale when she learned that Carla Hall's soufflé never made it to the plate: It had curdled in the oven.
Children and adults who sleepwalk or who emit blood-curdling screams, sweat profusely and appear terrified in the course of a night terror are not dreaming.
T yrannosaur opens with a dog being kicked to death by its master, Joseph (Peter Mullan), a Leeds widower curdled by his own fury.
Tyrannosaur opens with a dog being kicked to death by its master, Joseph (Peter Mullan), a Leeds widower curdled by his own fury.

In science:

Note that the curdling (29) mimics the situation occurring in equilibrium statistical physics.
Information theory and generalized statistics