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Synonyms for starch

a quality of active mental and physical forcefulness

to make stiff or stiffer


Synonyms for starch

a complex carbohydrate found chiefly in seeds, fruits, tubers, roots and stem pith of plants, notably in corn, potatoes, wheat, and rice

a commercial preparation of starch that is used to stiffen textile fabrics in laundering

stiffen with starch

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The starch having been wiped up by Molly's help, and the ironing apparatus put by, Mrs.
And I, the long time intimate of John Barleycorn, knew just what he promised me--maggots of fancy, dreams of power, forgetfulness, anything and everything save whirling washers, revolving mangles, humming centrifugal wringers, and fancy starch and interminable processions of duck trousers moving in steam under my flying iron.
Of course it wasn't exactly necessary to starch Matthew's handkerchiefs
I will not cry because mother won't starch my aprons," wrote Sara Ray.
He didn't appear like the same man; then he was all milk and honey; now he was all starch and vinegar.
Moreover, if you are restricted in your range by poverty, if you cannot buy books and newspapers, for instance, you are but confined to the most significant and vital experiences; you are compelled to deal with the material which yields the most sugar and the most starch.
I know of no more humiliating position for a man than to be in bed having his feverish brow soothed by a sprucely-dressed strange woman, bristling with starch and spotlessness.
He contrasted their behaviour with little Emmy's --their shrill voices with her tender ringing tones; their attitudes and their elbows and their starch, with her humble soft movements and modest graces.
The elderly woman's cry had caused a tremor of money-loss to pass among the piece-work ironers of fancy starch.
The mountain of fancy starch had been demolished--all save the few remnants, here and there, on the boards, where the ironers still labored.
I had the honour of making your acquaintance--of presenting my letter; I am a Knight of Industry, at your service, madame, but my polished manners had won me so much of success, as a master of languages, among your compatriots who are as stiff as their own starch is to one another, but are ready to relax to a foreign gentleman of polished manners-- and of observing one or two little things,' he glanced around the room and smiled, 'about this honourable house, to know which was necessary to assure me, and to convince me that I had the distinguished pleasure of making the acquaintance of the lady I sought.
An absorbent article for feminine protection comprising a liquid pervious topsheet, a backsheet, an absorbent core intermediate the backsheet and the topsheet, and a cationic modified starch, wherein the cationic modified starch comprises starch modified by a cationizing agent comprising an ammonium group, wherein the degree of substitution of the cationizing agent is from about 0.
Scientists at the University of Arkansas investigated the application of oxidized starch in bake-only chicken nuggets.
The topics include starch biosynthesis in relation to resistant starch, slowly digestible starch and health benefits, measuring resistant starch and incorporating resistant starch into dietary fiber measurements, the role of carbohydrates in preventing type 2 diabetes, and a host of unanswered questions regarding the microbiology of resistant starch fermentation in the human large intestine.
Starch is one of the most versatile biomaterials in the food, textile, cosmetics, plastics, adhesives, paper and pharmaceutical industries.