verb (curdled; curdling) Etymology: frequentative of 2curd Date: 1590 intransitive verb 1. to form curds; also to congeal as if by forming curds <
a scream curdled in her throat
2. to go bad or wrong ; spoil transitive verb 1. to cause curds to form in <
curdled milk
2. spoil, sour

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  • Curdle — Cur dle (k[^u]r d l), v. i. [From {Curd}.] [Sometimes written {crudle} and {cruddle}.] 1. To change into curd; to coagulate; as, rennet causes milk to curdle. Thomson. [1913 Webster] 2. To thicken; to congeal. [1913 Webster] Then Mary could feel… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • curdle — ► VERB ▪ separate or cause to separate into curds or lumps. ● make one s blood curdle Cf. ↑make one s blood curdle …   English terms dictionary

  • Curdle — Cur dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Curdled} ( d ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Curdling} ( dl[i^]ng).] 1. To change into curd; to cause to coagulate. To curdle whites of eggs Boyle. [1913 Webster] 2. To congeal or thicken. [1913 Webster] My chill blood is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • curdle — [kʉrd′ l] vt., vi. curdled, curdling [ CURD + LE, sense 1] to form into curd; coagulate; congeal curdle someone s blood to horrify or terrify someone …   English World dictionary

  • curdle — (v.) 1630s (earlier crudle, 1580s), to thicken, cause to congeal, frequentative of curd (v.) to make into curd (late 14c.; see CURD (Cf. curd)). Of blood, in figurative sense to inspire horror from c.1600. Related: Curdled (1590); curdling… …   Etymology dictionary

  • curdle — vb *coagulate, congeal, set, clot, jelly, jell …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • curdle — [n] sour; change into coagulated substance acerbate, acidify, acidulate, clabber, clot, coagulate, condense, congeal, curd, ferment, go off, spoil, thicken, turn, turn sour; concept 456 …   New thesaurus

  • curdle — [[t]kɜ͟ː(r)d(ə)l[/t]] curdles, curdling, curdled V ERG If milk or eggs curdle or if you curdle them, they separate into different bits. The sauce should not boil or the egg yolk will curdle... [V n] The herb has been used for centuries to curdle… …   English dictionary

  • curdle — UK [ˈkɜː(r)d(ə)l] / US [ˈkɜrd(ə)l] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms curdle : present tense I/you/we/they curdle he/she/it curdles present participle curdling past tense curdled past participle curdled if milk or another liquid curdles,… …   English dictionary

  • curdle — curdler, n. /kerr dl/, v.t., v.i., curdled, curdling. 1. to change into curd; coagulate; congeal. 2. to spoil; turn sour. 3. to go wrong; turn bad or fail: Their friendship began to curdle as soon as they became business rivals. 4. curdle the or… …   Universalium

  • curdle — verb /ˈkɜː.dəl,ˈkɝ.dəl/ a) To form curds so that it no longer flows smoothly; to cause to form such curds. (usually said of milk) Too much lemon will curdle the milk in your tea. b) To clot or coagulate; to cause to congeal, such as through cold …   Wiktionary

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