Definition of thickening in English:

thickening

Line breaks: thick¦en|ing
Pronunciation: /ˈθɪk(ə)nɪŋ
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • 1The process or result of becoming broader, deeper, or denser: where two continents collide, some crustal thickening occurs [count noun]: one of the effects is a thickening of the skin
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    • It is believed that babies who develop the condition are not born with pyloric stenosis, but that the progressive thickening of the pylorus occurs after birth.
    • The Nazca Plate, which underlies the eastern Pacific Ocean, slides under western South America, resulting in crustal thickening, uplift and volcanism.
    • These rocks may represent the product of partial melting caused by crustal thickening during an orogenic event.
  • 1.1 [count noun] A broader, deeper, or denser area of animal or plant tissue: trees with tiny thickenings on the winter twigs
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    • The ultrasound examination looks for a thickening of skin behind the fetal neck, called the nuchal fold, which sometimes occurs in Down syndrome and, possibly, other birth defects.
    • Fine spiral thickenings are frequent.
    • None of the species studied has thickenings in all vessels.
  • 2 another term for thickener.
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    • We did not use thickening in it but boiled it down till it was thick enough and we sautéed the onions first.
    • It is also often more appropriate to use foods with a thicker consistency than to use thickening in the foods.

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  • Becoming broader, deeper, or denser: a hazardous journey through thickening fog
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    • Although the rough weather and thickening fog beyond the harbour prevented us passing between the high cliffs, we made up for it with a nightcap in the yacht club.
    • The once bright sun dulled behind a sheet of faint mist, and many of the busy servants had a hood drawn up against the ever thickening fog.
    • If it had not been for the thickening fog, one might have thought that it was going to rain with no clouds in the sky.

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