stiffen Meaning, Definition & Usage
verb become stiff or stiffer
- He stiffened when he saw his boss enter the room
verb make stiff or stiffer
- Stiffen the cream by adding gelatine
constrain; tighten; tighten up.
- Tighten the rules
- stiffen the regulations
Stiff"en transitive verb
tiono make stiff; to make less pliant or flexible; as, to. stiffencloth with starch
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood. Shak.
To inspissate; to make more thick or viscous; as, to. stiffenpaste
To make torpid; to benumb.
Stiff"en intransitive verb
To become stiff or stiffer, in any sense of the adjective.
Like bristles rose my stiffening hair. Dryden.
The tender soil then stiffening by degrees. Dryden.
Some souls we see, Grow hard and stiffen with adversity. Dryden.
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