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Meaning of STIFFEN

Pronunciation:  'stifun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  make stiff or stiffer; "Stiffen the cream by adding gelatine"
  2. [v]  become stiff or stiffer; "He stiffened when he saw his boss enter the room"
  3. [v]  restrict; "Tighten the rules"; "stiffen the regulations"

STIFFEN is a 7 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: constrain, tighten, tighten up
 Antonyms: loose, loosen, relax
 See Also: alter, bound, buckram, change, confine, limit, ossify, petrify, restrain, restrict, rigidify, starch, stiffen, throttle, trammel



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Stiff"en\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Stiffened}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Stiffening}.] [See {Stiff}.]
    1. To make stiff; to make less pliant or flexible; as, to
       stiffen cloth with starch.
             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.
  2. \Stiff"en\, v. i.
    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.