curdling


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cur·dle

 (kûr′dl)
v. cur·dled, cur·dling, cur·dles
v.intr.
1.
a. To change into curd.
b. To become congealed or lumpy: The sauce curdled in the pan.
2. To become spoiled or transformed into something bad: Warm feelings curdled into distrust.
v.tr.
1. To cause to curdle, congeal, or become lumpy: "The inlet was curdled with slush" (Alyson Carol Hagy).
2. To cause to be spoiled or transformed into something bad: "an event that curdled whatever goodwill the prince had awakened" (Julia Whitty).

[Frequentative of curd.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.curdling - the process of forming semisolid lumps in a liquid
blood clotting, blood coagulation - a process in which liquid blood is changed into a semisolid mass (a blood clot)
natural action, natural process, action, activity - a process existing in or produced by nature (rather than by the intent of human beings); "the action of natural forces"; "volcanic activity"
thermocoagulation - congealing tissue by heat (as by electric current)
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