- 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.More example sentences
- 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 starchMore example sentences
- 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 starchMore example sentences
- 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 voiceMore example sentences
- 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 shirtMore example sentences
- 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 firstMore example sentences
- 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 boxerMore example sentences
- 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.
More definitions of starchDefinition of starch in:
- The US English dictionary