Definition of thickener in English:

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thickener

Pronunciation: /ˈTHik(ə)nər/

noun

1A substance added to a liquid to make it firmer, especially in cooking.
Example sentences
  • The most familiar use of starch is as a thickener for cooking sauces, as in cornflour, or perhaps as a substance for stiffening shirt collars.
  • Wheat flour used as a starch thickener needs relatively long cooking to remove its raw taste; and even after cooking it has a noticeable flavour.
  • This is a synthetic substance used as a thickener and to encourage lather.
1.1 Chemistry An apparatus for the sedimentation of solids from suspension in a liquid.
Example sentences
  • For instance, a town of 7,000 might have a sewage plant containing four pumps, sludge thickeners, and a chlorinator.
  • We're usually talking here about huge buildings stuffed full of crushers, agitators, thickeners, ball mills, conveyors and other vital equipment.

Words that rhyme with thickener

sickener

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Syllabification: thick·en·er

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