Starch

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English

Noun

Starch (countable and uncountable; plural starches)
  1. (uncountable) A widely diffused vegetable substance found especially in seeds, bulbs, and tubers, and extracted (as from potatoes, corn, rice, etc.) as a white, glistening, granular or powdery substance, without taste or smell, and giving a very peculiar creaking sound when rubbed between the fingers. It is used as a food, in the production of commercial grape sugar, for stiffening linen in laundries, in making paste, etc.
  2. (nutrition, countable) Carbohydrates, as with grain and potato based foods.
  3. (uncountable, figuratively) A stiff, formal manner; formality.
  4. (countable) Any of various starch-like substances used as a laundry stiffener

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Verb

Starch (third-person singular simple present starches, present participle starching, simple past and past participle starched)

  1. To apply or treat with laundry starch, to create a hard, smooth surface.
    She starched her blouses.

Adjective

Starch (not comparable)

  1. Stiff; precise; rigid.

Verbs for Starch

apply—; convert—; dip into—; immerse in —; lose—; object to—; prepare—; remove —; store up—; —finishes; —galls; — hardens; —irritates; —stiffens.

Thesaurus

aggressiveness, albumen, bang, batter, bonnyclabber, butter, carbohydrate, clabber, cornstarch, cream, curd, dash, dough, drive, egg white, enterprise, fire, gaum, gel, gelatin, get-up-and-go, getup, ginger, glair, glop, glue, gluten, go, goo, gook, goop, gruel, gumbo, gunk, hydroxy aldehyde, hydroxy ketone, initiative, jam, jell, jelly, kick, loblolly, molasses, monosaccharide, mucilage, mucus, pap, paste, pep, pepper, piss and vinegar, pizzazz, polysaccharide, polysaccharose, poop, porridge, pudding, pulp, punch, puree, push, putty, rob, saccharide, semifluid, semiliquid, size, snap, soup, spunk, sticky mess, sugar, syrup, thrust, treacle, trisaccharide, verve, vim, vitality, zing, zip

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /stɑrtʃ/
  • Rhymes: -ɑː(r)tʃ

Etymology

Old English stearc (stark, strong, rough). See also stark. Compare German stärke.

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