thickening


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thick·en·ing

 (thĭk′ə-nĭng)
n.
1. The act or process of making or becoming thick.
2. Material used to thicken: stir in a thickening of flour and water.
3. A thickened part.

thickening

(ˈθɪkənɪŋ)
n
1. something added to a liquid to thicken it
2. a thickened part or piece

thick•en•ing

(ˈθɪk ə nɪŋ)

n.
1. the act of making or becoming thick.
2. a thickened part or area; swelling.
3. something used to thicken; thickener.
[1570–80]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.thickening - any material used to thicken; "starch is used in cooking as a thickening"
material, stuff - the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object; "coal is a hard black material"; "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread"
2.thickening - any thickened enlargement
convex shape, convexity - a shape that curves or bulges outward
3.thickening - the act of thickening
condensing, condensation - the act of increasing the density of something
Adj.1.thickening - accumulating and becoming more intense; "the deepening gloom"; "felt a deepening love"; "the thickening dusk"
intensifying - increasing in strength or intensity
2.thickening - becoming more intricate or complex; "a thickening plot"
complex - complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts; "a complex set of variations based on a simple folk melody"; "a complex mass of diverse laws and customs"
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Glancing his eyes around, with a vain effort to pierce the gloom that was thickening beneath the leafy arches of the forest, he felt as if, cut off from human aid, his unresisting companions would soon lie at the entire mercy of those barbarous enemies, who, like beasts of prey, only waited till the gathering darkness might render their blows more fatally certain.
And along with the thickening smoke they began to notice another circumstance, a strange, pungent odor.
We laid up at a country woodyard about forty mile above Uncle Silas's place a little after one at night, and it was thickening up and going to storm.
I grew very uncomfortable, meanwhile; for the afternoon wore fast away, the man whom I had sent off returned from his errand, and I could distinguish, by the shine of the western sun up the valley, a concourse thickening outside Gimmerton chapel porch.
Every beautiful morning the Magic was worked by the mystic circle under the plum-tree which provided a canopy of thickening green leaves after its brief blossom-time was ended.
Ere long the thickening conflict of her thoughts forced its way outward for relief, in words and actions.
While we discussed the thickening traffic with the superiority that comes of having a high level reserved to ourselves, we heard (and I for the first time) the morning hymn on a Hospital boat.
He could see the veranda through it, but it was thickening and darkening with each beat of his pulse.
groaned Miss Tita, who appeared to feel that the situation was passing out of her control and that the elements of her fate were thickening around her.
A heavily timbered park stretched up in a gentle slope, thickening into a grove at the highest point.
They have the peculiar flattening and thickening which marks the boxing man.
He was not the kind of man to be turned from his business by any commotion of the elements; and at the appointed hour his sleigh glided up through the snow like a stage-apparition behind thickening veils of gauze.