Stiffen 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. [1913 Webster]

Stiffen the sinews, summon up the blood. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To inspissate; to make more thick or viscous; as, to stiffen paste. [1913 Webster]

3. To make torpid; to benumb. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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