a complex carbohydrate found chiefly in seeds, fruits, tubers, roots and stem pith of plants, notably in corn, potatoes, wheat, and rice; an important foodstuff and used otherwise especially in adhesives and as fillers and stiffeners for paper and textiles
a commercial preparation of starch that is used to stiffen textile fabrics in laundering
stiffen with starch
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.
Carbohydrates, as with grain and potato based foods.
A stiff, formal manner; formality.
Any of various starch-like substances used as a laundry stiffener
To apply or treat with laundry starch, to create a hard, smooth surface.
She starched her blouses.
Stiff; precise; rigid.
Origin: stearc. See also stark. Compare German stärke.
stiff; precise; rigid
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
fig.: A stiff, formal manner; formality
to stiffen with starch
Origin: [From starch stiff, cf. G. strke, fr. stark strong.]
Starch or amylum is a carbohydrate consisting of a large number of glucose units joined by glycosidic bonds. This polysaccharide is produced by all green plants as an energy store. It is the most common carbohydrate in the human diet and is contained in large amounts in such staple foods as potatoes, wheat, maize, rice, and cassava. Pure starch is a white, tasteless and odorless powder that is insoluble in cold water or alcohol. It consists of two types of molecules: the linear and helical amylose and the branched amylopectin. Depending on the plant, starch generally contains 20 to 25% amylose and 75 to 80% amylopectin by weight. Glycogen, the glucose store of animals, is a more branched version of amylopectin. Starch is processed to produce many of the sugars in processed foods. Dissolving starch in warm water gives wheatpaste, which can be used as a thickening, stiffening or gluing agent. The biggest industrial non-food use of starch is as adhesive in the papermaking process. Starch can be applied to parts of some garments before ironing, to stiffen them; this is less usual now than in the past.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
stärch, n. the pure fecula or white farinaceous matter of vegetables, yielding a translucent jelly used for stiffening clothes in the laundry: stiffness, formality.—adj. stiff, rigid, formal.—adj. Starched, stiffened with starch: formal.—adv. Starch′edly.—ns. Starch′edness; Starch′er; Starch′-hy′acinth, a plant allied to the hyacinth, so called from the smell of the flower.—adv. Starch′ily, in a starch or stiff manner: formally.—ns. Starch′iness, the state or quality of being starchy: stiffness of manner: formality; Starch′-su′gar, glucose.—adj. Starch′y, consisting of, or like, starch: stiff: precise. [A special use of adj. stark; cf. Ger. stärke, starch—stark, strong.]
U.S. National Library of Medicine
Any of a group of polysaccharides of the general formula (C6-H10-O5)n, composed of a long-chain polymer of glucose in the form of amylose and amylopectin. It is the chief storage form of energy reserve (carbohydrates) in plants.
A type of carbohydrate.
Starch can be found in plants, fruit and vegetables and is extracted and used for a variety of purposes.Submitted by MaryC on May 26, 2016
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The numerical value of starch in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of starch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Examples of starch in a Sentence
Every day we have to figure out new homes for that starch capacity.
Faith, to my mind, is a stiffening process, a sort of mental starch, which ought to be applied as sparingly as possible.
A serving of protein should be approximately the size of the palm of your hand and starch should be about the size of your clenched fist.
Dry shampoos use powder, starch, or talc to soak up oil, and none of those ingredients directly impact the ability of follicles to grow new hair.
We knew black-eyed peas were loaded with the starch necessary to make the fermented mash that can be distilled into liquor, we just needed to prove it.
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- midó, emmidonarCatalan, Valencian
- stärken, Stärke, SteifheitGerman
- almidón, almidonarSpanish
- tärkkelys, tärkätä, tärkki, jäykkä, jäykkyysFinnish
- empois, amidon, cati, rigidité, apprêt, amidonnerFrench
- amido, apprettare, inamidare, apprettoItalian
- 澱粉, デンプンJapanese
- stērķele, cieteLatvian
- tāhi, māngaroMāori
- штирак, скроб, штирка, нишестеMacedonian
- stijf, zetmeel, stijfsel, rigide, preciesDutch
- skrobia, krochmal, sztywność, krochmalićPolish
- duro, fécula, amido, preciso, rígido, engomar, gomaPortuguese
- накрахмаливать, крахмалRussian
- škrobilo, шкроб, skrob, škrobiti, скроб, uštogljeno, uštogljenostSerbo-Croatian
- แป้งมัน, แป้งThai
- tinh bộtVietnamese
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