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blanch

 (blănch) also blench (blĕnch)
v. blanched, blanch·ing, blanch·es also blenched or blench·ing or blench·es
v.tr.
1. To take the color from; bleach.
2. To whiten (a growing plant or plant part) by covering to cut off direct light.
3. To whiten (a metal) by soaking in acid or by coating with tin.
4.
a. To scald (almonds, for example) in order to loosen the skin.
b. To scald (food) briefly, as before freezing or as a preliminary stage in preparing a dish.
5. To cause to turn white or become pale.
v.intr.
To turn white or become pale: Their faces blanched in terror.

[Middle English blaunchen, to make white, from Old French blanchir, from blanche, feminine of blanc, white, of Germanic origin; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]

blanch′er n.

blanch

(blɑːntʃ)
vb (mainly tr)
1. (also intr) to remove colour from, or (of colour) to be removed; whiten; fade: the sun blanched the carpet; over the years the painting blanched.
2. (usually intr) to become or cause to become pale, as with sickness or fear
3. (Cookery) to plunge tomatoes, nuts, etc, into boiling water to loosen the skin
4. (Cookery) to plunge (meat, green vegetables, etc) in boiling water or bring to the boil in water in order to whiten, preserve the natural colour, or reduce or remove a bitter or salty taste
5. (Botany) to cause (celery, chicory, etc) to grow free of chlorophyll by the exclusion of sunlight
6. (Metallurgy) metallurgy to whiten (a metal), usually by treating it with an acid or by coating it with tin
7. (usually foll by: over) to attempt to conceal something
[C14: from Old French blanchir from blanc white; see blank]

blanch

(blæntʃ, blɑntʃ)
v.t.
1. to whiten by removing color; bleach.
2. to boil (food) briefly, as to whiten, facilitate removal of skins, remove strong flavors, or prepare for freezing.
3. to whiten or prevent the greening of (the stems or leaves of plants, as lettuce) by excluding light.
4.
a. to give a white luster to (metals), as by means of acids.
b. to coat (sheet metal) with tin.
5. to make pale.
v.i.
6. to become white; turn pale.
[1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French, Middle French]
blanch′er, n.

blanch


Past participle: blanched
Gerund: blanching

Imperative
blanch
blanch
Present
I blanch
you blanch
he/she/it blanches
we blanch
you blanch
they blanch
Preterite
I blanched
you blanched
he/she/it blanched
we blanched
you blanched
they blanched
Present Continuous
I am blanching
you are blanching
he/she/it is blanching
we are blanching
you are blanching
they are blanching
Present Perfect
I have blanched
you have blanched
he/she/it has blanched
we have blanched
you have blanched
they have blanched
Past Continuous
I was blanching
you were blanching
he/she/it was blanching
we were blanching
you were blanching
they were blanching
Past Perfect
I had blanched
you had blanched
he/she/it had blanched
we had blanched
you had blanched
they had blanched
Future
I will blanch
you will blanch
he/she/it will blanch
we will blanch
you will blanch
they will blanch
Future Perfect
I will have blanched
you will have blanched
he/she/it will have blanched
we will have blanched
you will have blanched
they will have blanched
Future Continuous
I will be blanching
you will be blanching
he/she/it will be blanching
we will be blanching
you will be blanching
they will be blanching
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been blanching
you have been blanching
he/she/it has been blanching
we have been blanching
you have been blanching
they have been blanching
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been blanching
you will have been blanching
he/she/it will have been blanching
we will have been blanching
you will have been blanching
they will have been blanching
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been blanching
you had been blanching
he/she/it had been blanching
we had been blanching
you had been blanching
they had been blanching
Conditional
I would blanch
you would blanch
he/she/it would blanch
we would blanch
you would blanch
they would blanch
Past Conditional
I would have blanched
you would have blanched
he/she/it would have blanched
we would have blanched
you would have blanched
they would have blanched

blanch

To plunge food briefly into boiling water and then immediately into cold water.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.blanch - turn pale, as if in fearblanch - turn pale, as if in fear    
discolour, discolor, color, colour - change color, often in an undesired manner; "The shirts discolored"
2.blanch - cook (vegetables) brieflyblanch - cook (vegetables) briefly; "Parboil the beans before freezing them"
cookery, cooking, preparation - the act of preparing something (as food) by the application of heat; "cooking can be a great art"; "people are needed who have experience in cookery"; "he left the preparation of meals to his wife"
cook - transform and make suitable for consumption by heating; "These potatoes have to cook for 20 minutes"

blanch

verb
1. turn pale, fade, pale, drain, bleach, wan, whiten, go white, become pallid, become or grow white She felt herself blanch at the unpleasant memories.
2. recoil, start, withdraw, flee, retreat, duck, shrink, back off, wince, swerve, cringe, shy away, quail, cower, shirk, draw back, baulk, blench Staff don't blanch at the sight of a wheelchair.
3. boil, scald, dunk Skin the peaches by blanching them.

blanch

also blench
verb
To lose normal coloration; turn pale:
Translations

blanch

[blɑːntʃ]
A. VI [person] → palidecer
B. VT (Culin) → blanquear; (= boil) → escaldar
blanched almondsalmendras fpl peladas

blanch

[ˈblɑːntʃ]
vi [person, face] → blêmir
vt [+ vegetables, almonds] → blanchir

blanch

vt (Hort) → bleichen; (illness) facebleich machen; (fear)erbleichen lassen; (Cook) vegetablesblanchieren; almondsbrühen
vi (→ vor +dat) (person)blass werden; (with fear also) → bleich werden, erbleichen (geh)

blanch

[blɑːntʃ]
1. vi (person) → sbiancare in viso
2. vt (Culin) → scottare
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The sight of them nearly caused the old fellow to die of fright, for to see fifty armed men issue from the untenanted halls was well reckoned to blanch even a braver cheek.
Peter, in his secret soul, was dismayed, but he would not blanch before Felicity.
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