starch
I. transitive verb Etymology: Middle English sterchen, probably from Old English *stercan to stiffen; akin to Old English stearc stiff — more at stark Date: 15th century to stiffen with or as if with starch II. noun Date: 15th century 1. a white odorless tasteless granular or powdery complex carbohydrate (C6H10O5)x that is the chief storage form of carbohydrate in plants, is an important foodstuff, and is used also in adhesives and sizes, in laundering, and in pharmacy and medicine 2. a stiff formal manner ; formality 3. resolute vigor

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  • Starch — Starch, CAS# 9005 25 8, chemical formula (C6H10O5)n is a polysaccharide carbohydrate consisting of a large number of glucose monosaccharide units joined together by glycosidic bonds. All plant seeds and tubers contain starch which is… …   Wikipedia

  • Starch — Starch, n. [From starch stiff, cf. G. st[ a]rke, fr. stark strong.] 1. (Chem.) 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Starch — Starch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Starched} (st[aum]rcht); p. pr. & vb. n. {Starching}.] To stiffen with starch. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • starch — [stärch] n. [ME starche < sterchen, to stiffen < OE * stercan < stearc, rigid, stiff, akin to Ger stark, strong: see STARK] 1. a white, tasteless, odorless food substance found in potatoes, rice, corn, wheat, cassava, and many other… …   English World dictionary

  • Starch — (st[aum]rch), a. [AS. stearc stark, strong, rough. See {Stark}.] Stiff; precise; rigid. [R.] Killingbeck. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • starch — (v.) c.1400, from O.E. *stercan (Mercian), *stiercan (W.Saxon) make rigid, found in stercedferhð fixed, hard, resolute (related to stearc stiff ), from P.Gmc. *starkijanan (Cf. Ger. Stärke strength, starch ), from PIE root *ster strong, firm,… …   Etymology dictionary

  • starch — ► NOUN 1) an odourless, tasteless carbohydrate which is obtained chiefly from cereals and potatoes and is an important constituent of the human diet. 2) powder or spray made from this substance, used to stiffen fabric. 3) stiffness of manner. ►… …   English terms dictionary

  • starch — starch. См. крахмал. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • starch — [ startʃ ] noun 1. ) uncount a substance used for making clothes stiff 2. ) count or uncount a white substance without any taste that is found in rice, potatoes, and other vegetables. It is a type of CARBOHYDRATE that gives you energy …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • starch — starchless, adj. starchlike, adj. /stahrch/, n. 1. a white, tasteless, solid carbohydrate, (C6H10O5)n, occurring in the form of minute granules in the seeds, tubers, and other parts of plants, and forming an important constituent of rice, corn,… …   Universalium

  • starch — clear·starch; ni·tro·starch; starch; starch·er; starch·i·ly; starch·i·ness; starch·less; starch·ly; starch·man; starch·ness; …   English syllables

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