Stiffen

Definition of Stiffen

Stiff´en
v. t.1.To make stiff; to make less pliant or flexible; as, to stiffen cloth with starch.
[imp. & p. p. Stiffened ; p. pr. & vb. n. Stiffening.]
Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood.
- Shak.
2.To inspissate; to make more thick or viscous; as, to stiffen paste.
3.To make torpid; to benumb.
v. i.1.To become stiff or stiffer, in any sense of the adjective.
Like bristles rose my stiffening hair.
- Dryden.
The tender soil then stiffening by degrees.
- Dryden.
Some souls we see,
Grow hard and stiffen with adversity.
- Dryden.

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