noun (starches, -)
- (uncountable) A widely diffused vegetable substance found especially in seeds, bulbs, and tubers, and extracted (as from potatoes, corn, rice, etc.) as a white, glistening, granular or powdery substance, without taste or smell, and giving a very peculiar creaking sound when rubbed between the fingers. It is used as a food, in the production of commercial grape sugar, for stiffening linen in laundries, in making paste, etc.
- (context, nuitrition, countable) carbohydrate, Carbohydrates, as with grain and potato based foods.
- (context, uncountable, figuratively) A stiff, formal manner; formality.
- (countable) Any of various starchlike substances used as a laundry stiffener
verb (starches, starching, starched, starched)
- French: amidon
- German: Steifheit
(trans-top, laundry stiffener)
- Italian: appretto
- Spanish: almidón
- To apply or treat with laundry starch, to create a hard, smooth surface.
- She starched her blouses.
- French: amidonner
- German: stí¤rken
Translations: Etymology: (term, stearc, , stark, strong, rough, lang=ang). See also (term, stark). Compare German (term, stírke, lang=de).
- stiff, Stiff; precise; rigid.
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