from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make or become stiff or stiffer.
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- v. To make stiff.
- v. To become stiff.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make stiff; to make less pliant or flexible.
- transitive v. To inspissate; to make more thick or viscous.
- transitive v. To make torpid; to benumb.
- intransitive v. To become stiff or stiffer, in any sense of the adjective.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To become stiff.
- To become less soft or fluid; grow thicker or harder; become inspissated: as, jellies stiffen as they cool.
- To become steady and strong: as. a stiffening breeze.
- To become unyielding; grow rigid, obstinate, or formal.
- To become higher in price; become firmer or more unyielding: as, the market stiffens.
- To make stiff.
- To make rigid, constrained, formal, or habitual.
- To make more thick or viscous; inspissate: as, to stiffen paste.
- To make stubborn or obstinate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. become stiff or stiffer
- v. make stiff or stiffer
- v. restrict
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