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ˈstɪf ənstiff·en

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. stiffenverb

    become stiff or stiffer

    "He stiffened when he saw his boss enter the room"

  2. stiffenverb

    make stiff or stiffer

    "Stiffen the cream by adding gelatine"

  3. stiffen, tighten, tighten up, constrainverb


    "Tighten the rules"; "stiffen the regulations"


  1. stiffenverb

    To make stiff.

  2. stiffenverb

    To become stiff.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stiffenverb

    to make stiff; to make less pliant or flexible; as, to stiffen cloth with starch

    Etymology: [See Stiff.]

  2. Stiffenverb

    to inspissate; to make more thick or viscous; as, to stiffen paste

    Etymology: [See Stiff.]

  3. Stiffenverb

    to make torpid; to benumb

    Etymology: [See Stiff.]

  4. Stiffenverb

    to become stiff or stiffer, in any sense of the adjective

    Etymology: [See Stiff.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stiffen in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stiffen in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of stiffen in a Sentence

  1. Leah Greenbaum:

    She would just stare and stiffen, sometimes she would shake uncontrollably, she always loses control of her body so she’ll drop on the floor and bang her head.

  2. F. H. Bradley:

    Our live experiences, fixed in aphorisms, stiffen into cold epigrams. Our heart's blood, as we write it, turns to mere dull ink.

  3. William Shakespeare:

    Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more, Or close the wall up with our English dead In peace there's nothing so becomes a man As modest stillness and humility But when the blast of war blows in our ears, Then imitate the action of the tiger Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood.

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