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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.
The shadow thickening and thickening as he approached its source, he thought of the secrets of the lonely church-vaults, where the people who had hoarded and secreted in iron coffers were in their turn similarly hoarded, not yet at rest from doing harm; and then of the secrets of the river, as it rolled its turbid tide between two frowning wildernesses of secrets, extending, thick and dense, for many miles, and warding off the free air and the free country swept by winds and wings of birds.
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.
When they had come out on the roadway Adam held the mongoose tight to him, and, lifting his hat to his companion, moved quickly towards Lesser Hill; he and Lady Arabella lost sight of each other in the thickening gloom.
It was thirty below zero, the rim-ice was thickening, and the Yukon carried a run of mush-ice.
The black, with the twisted hand of leprosy and with a barely perceptible infiltration of the same disease thickening the skin of the forehead between the eyes, bent over his polishing, and ever his lips moved, repeating over and over, "Killeny Boy."
But with poor Tulliver death was not to be a leap; it was to be a long descent under thickening shadows.
At about the middle of the afternoon of the preceding day a little whiff of light vapor--a mere thickening of the atmosphere, the ghost of a cloud--had been observed clinging to the western side of Mount St.
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.