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ˈθɪk ə nɪŋthick·en·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. thickening, thickenernoun

    any material used to thicken

    "starch is used in cooking as a thickening"

  2. node, knob, thickeningnoun

    any thickened enlargement

  3. thickening, inspissationadjective

    the act of thickening

  4. deepening(a), thickening(a)adjective

    accumulating and becoming more intense

    "the deepening gloom"; "felt a deepening love"; "the thickening dusk"

  5. thickeningadjective

    becoming more intricate or complex

    "a thickening plot"


  1. thickeningnoun

    the process of making something, or becoming, thick or viscous

  2. thickeningnoun

    a substance, usually a source of starch, used to thicken a sauce

  3. thickeningnoun

    a thickened part of a structure


  1. thickening

    A thickening agent or thickener is a substance which can increase the viscosity of a liquid without substantially changing its other properties. Edible thickeners are commonly used to thicken sauces, soups, and puddings without altering their taste; thickeners are also used in paints, inks, explosives, and cosmetics. Thickeners may also improve the suspension of other ingredients or emulsions which increases the stability of the product. Thickening agents are often regulated as food additives and as cosmetics and personal hygiene product ingredients. Some thickening agents are gelling agents (gellants), forming a gel, dissolving in the liquid phase as a colloid mixture that forms a weakly cohesive internal structure. Others act as mechanical thixotropic additives with discrete particles adhering or interlocking to resist strain. Thickening agents can also be used when a medical condition such as dysphagia causes difficulty in swallowing. Thickened liquids play a vital role in reducing risk of aspiration for dysphagia patients.Many other food ingredients are used as thickeners, usually in the final stages of preparation of specific foods. These thickeners have a flavor and are not markedly stable, thus are not suitable for general use. However, they are very convenient and effective, and hence are widely used. Different thickeners may be more or less suitable in a given application, due to differences in taste, clarity, and their responses to chemical and physical conditions. For example, for acidic foods, arrowroot is a better choice than cornstarch, which loses thickening potency in acidic mixtures. At (acidic) pH levels below 4.5, guar gum has sharply reduced aqueous solubility, thus also reducing its thickening capability. If the food is to be frozen, tapioca or arrowroot are preferable over cornstarch, which becomes spongy when frozen.


  1. thickening

    Thickening is the process or action of making or becoming more dense, intense, or substantive. It often refers to a method used in cooking to increase the viscosity of a liquid, sauce, or soup without altering its other properties. This can be achieved by adding ingredients such as flour, cornstarch, or other agents. It could also pertain to the growth or expansion in dimension or quantity of a physical object or abstract concept.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Thickening

    of Thicken

  2. Thickeningnoun

    something put into a liquid or mass to make it thicker


  1. Thickening

    In cooking, thickening is the process of increasing the viscosity of a liquid either by reduction, or by the addition of a thickening agent, typically containing starch. Desserts are often thickened with sago, tapioca, gelatin or a gelatin substitute such as agar. Soups, sauces and stews are more often thickened with a starchy ingredient like cornstarch, arrowroot or wheat flour, or a fat and flour mixture such as roux or beurre manié. More rarely, savory dishes may be thickened with blood.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of thickening in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of thickening in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of thickening in a Sentence

  1. Prince Harry:

    Within the first eight days of our relationship being made public, was when they said, ‘Harry’s girl almost straight out of Compton,’ and that her exotic DNA will be thickening the royal blood.

  2. Book of Consolation:

    Religion and religious hatred are one of the best ways for thickening darkness. - Book of Consolation, 5.9

  3. Kristen Dahlgren:

    Beneath the dent, I didn't feel a lump, but something I might describe as a' thickening,' it just felt different than everywhere else.

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