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Meaning of BLANCH

Pronunciation:  blanch

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  turn pale, as if in fear
  2. [v]  cook briefly; as of vegetables; "Parboil the beans before freezing them"

BLANCH is a 6 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: blench, pale, parboil
 See Also: color, colour, cook, discolor, discolour



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Blanch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Blanched}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Blanching}.] [OE. blanchen, blaunchen, F. blanchir, fr.
    blanc white. See {Blank}, a.]
    1. To take the color out of, and make white; to bleach; as,
       to blanch linen; age has blanched his hair.
    2. (Gardening) To bleach by excluding the light, as the
       stalks or leaves of plants, by earthing them up or tying
       them together.
    3. (Confectionery & Cookery)
       (a) To make white by removing the skin of, as by scalding;
           as, to blanch almonds.
       (b) To whiten, as the surface of meat, by plunging into
           boiling water and afterwards into cold, so as to
           harden the surface and retain the juices.
    4. To give a white luster to (silver, before stamping, in the
       process of coining.).
    5. To cover (sheet iron) with a coating of tin.
    6. Fig.: To whiten; to give a favorable appearance to; to
       whitewash; to palliate.
             Blanch over the blackest and most absurd things.
    Syn: To {Blanch}, {Whiten}.
    Usage: To whiten is the generic term, denoting, to render
           white; as, to whiten the walls of a room. Usually
           (though not of necessity) this is supposed to be done
           by placing some white coloring matter in or upon the
           surface of the object in question. To blanch is to
           whiten by the removal of coloring matter; as, to
           blanch linen. So the cheek is blanched by fear, i. e.,
           by the withdrawal of the blood, which leaves it white.
  2. \Blanch\, v. i.
    To grow or become white; as, his cheek blanched with fear;
    the rose blanches in the sun.
          [Bones] blanching on the grass.          --Tennyson.
  3. \Blanch\, v. t. [See {Blench}.]
    1. To avoid, as from fear; to evade; to leave unnoticed.
             Ifs and ands to qualify the words of treason,
             whereby every man might express his malice and
             blanch his danger.                    --Bacon.
             I suppose you will not blanch Paris in your way.
                                                   --Reliq. Wot.
    2. To cause to turn aside or back; as, to blanch a deer.
  4. \Blanch\, v. i.
    To use evasion. [Obs.]
          Books will speak plain, when counselors blanch.
  5. \Blanch\, n. (Mining)
    Ore, not in masses, but mixed with other minerals.
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