AskDefine | Define thickening

Dictionary Definition

thickening adj
1 accumulating and becoming more intense; "the deepening gloom"; "felt a deepening love"; "the gathering darkness"; "the thickening dusk" [syn: deepening(a), gathering(a), thickening(a)]
2 becoming more intricate or complex; "a thickening plot"


1 any material used to thicken; "starch is used in cooking as a thickening" [syn: thickener]
2 any thickened enlargement [syn: node, knob]
3 the act of thickening [syn: inspissation]

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  1. the process of making something, or becoming, thick or viscous
  2. a substance, usually a source of starch, used to thicken a sauce
  3. a thickened part of a structure

Extensive Definition

In cooking, thickening is the process of increasing the viscosity of a liquid either by reduction, or by the addition of a thickening agent, typically containing starch.
Desserts are often thickened with sago, tapioca, gelatin or a gelatine substitute such as agar. Soups, sauces and stews are more often thickened with a starchy product like cornstarch, arrowroot or wheat flour, or a fat and flour mixture such as roux or beurre manié. More rarely, savoury dishes may be thickened with blood.
thickening in German: Binden (Kochen)

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