Definición de starch en inglés:


Saltos de línea: starch
Pronunciación: /stɑːtʃ


[mass noun]
  • 1An odourless, tasteless white substance occurring widely in plant tissue and obtained chiefly from cereals and potatoes. It is a polysaccharide which functions as a carbohydrate store and is an important constituent of the human diet.
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    • The most important polysaccharides are starch, cellulose and glycogen.
    • Starchy materials which contain more complex carbohydrates, including starch and insulin, require several steps before fermentation.
    • The contents of protein, sugar, starch and lysine in maize plant are critical to maize quality.
  • 1.1Food containing starch: they eat far too much starch
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    • Vegetarians base their diet on four main food groups: starch, legumes, fruits and vegetables.
    • Insulin is a hormone needed to convert sugar, starch and other foods into energy needed for daily life.
    • If protein foods are eaten with starch, six or more hours are needed depending on the type of protein.
  • 2Powder or spray made from starch and used before ironing to stiffen fabric or clothing: crisp linen, stiff with starch
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    • A press cloth also prevents the build-up of fabric finishes and spray starch on the iron soleplate.
    • A good sewing tip from Sharon is to use spray starch on the fabric.
    • You'll need a good iron, a hard surface to iron on (preferably an ironing board), and some spray starch.
  • 3Stiffness of manner or character: the starch in her voice
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    • The British reviews were cold and formal... The great Romantic critics had not appeared, to take the starch out of their pompous manners.


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  • 1Stiffen (fabric or clothing) with starch: (as adjective starched) his immaculately starched shirt
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    • The waiters have new uniforms: pinstripe trousers, tail coats, starched shirts with black ties.
    • The war days, the old meeting places and the hours spent starching shirts are all recalled in the special publication.
    • Surely Langlands & Bell could not survive this far from a place that starches shirts?
  • 2North American informal (Of a boxer) defeat (an opponent) by a knockout: Ray Domenge starched Jeff Geddami in the first
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    • Wlad Klitschko was a last minute replacement and Tye starched him in round 1.


take the starch out of

US Deflate or humiliate (someone): a blistering body attack took all the starch out of the boxer
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  • If they can make the Bulls pay for crowding Wade and fronting Shaq, it will take the starch out of Chicago's defense and force it to back off.
  • It netted 22 yards and seemed to take the starch out of Tennessee's blitzing defense.
  • I didn't want him to go so fast as to take the starch out of him.



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  • The table starchers and the machine starchers held a meeting and discussed the situation.
  • Washers worked with boiling water, while starchers had to contend with caustic starches and potentially dangerous detergents, and ironers handled hot, heavy irons.
  • Laundry Machine Operators operate washers, starchers, extractors, tumblers, sterilizers and dryers in a campus laundry; and perform other related duties as required.


Old English (recorded only in the past participle sterced 'stiffened'), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch sterken, German stärken 'strengthen', also to stark.

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Pronunciación: skəʊʃ
a small amount; a little