Definition of Starch

1. Noun. A complex carbohydrate found chiefly in seeds, fruits, tubers, roots and stem pith of plants, notably in corn, potatoes, wheat, and rice; an important foodstuff and used otherwise especially in adhesives and as fillers and stiffeners for paper and textiles.




2. Verb. Stiffen with starch. "Starch clothes"
Generic synonyms: Stiffen

3. Noun. A commercial preparation of starch that is used to stiffen textile fabrics in laundering.
Generic synonyms: Formulation, Preparation

Definition of Starch

1. a. Stiff; precise; rigid.

2. n. A widely diffused vegetable substance found especially in seeds, bulbs, and tubers, and extracted (as from potatoes, corn, rice, etc.) as a white, glistening, granular or powdery substance, without taste or smell, and giving a very peculiar creaking sound when rubbed between the fingers. It is used as a food, in the production of commercial grape sugar, for stiffening linen in laundries, in making paste, etc.

3. v. t. To stiffen with starch.

Definition of Starch

1. Noun. A widely diffused vegetable substance found especially in seeds, bulbs, and tubers, and extracted (as from potatoes, corn, rice, etc.) as a white, glistening, granular or powdery substance, without taste or smell, and giving a very peculiar creaking sound when rubbed between the fingers. It is used as a food, in the production of commercial grape sugar, for stiffening linen in laundries, in making paste, etc. ¹

2. Noun. (nutrition countable) Carbohydrates, as with grain and potato based foods. ¹

3. Noun. (uncountable figuratively) A stiff, formal manner; formality. ¹

4. Noun. Any of various starch-like substances used as a laundry stiffener ¹

5. Verb. To apply or treat with laundry starch, to create a hard, smooth surface. ¹

6. Adjective. Stiff; precise; rigid. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Starch

1. to treat with starch (a solid carbohydrate) [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

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Literary usage of Starch

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1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"The starch settles and the liquid retains the impurities. ... Corn-starch, which has an enormous sale, is simply the starch of Indian corn or maize ..."

2. Chemical Abstracts by American Chemical Society (1916)
"Soluble starch was prepd. by the methods suggested by different authors and the physico- chem. ... Most of the forms of soluble starch did not contain P. ..."

3. Corporate Promotions and Reorganizations by Arthur Stone Dewing (1914)
"CHAPTER III THE starch CONSOLIDATIONS Early history of the starch industry,; promotion of the National starch Manufacturing Company, 52; original schedules, ..."

4. Journal by Royal Society of Arts (Great Britain) (1860)
"Chemists have also discovered the presence of starch or a substance Isomerie ... starch presents not only a great similarity of composition to the fibres of ..."

5. Practical physiological chemistry by Philip Bovier Hawk (1918)
"It occurs in granular form, the microscopical appearance being typical for each individual starch. The granules, which differ in size according to the ..."

6. Methods of Practical Hygiene by Karl Bernhard Lehmann (1893)
"starch should be free from ash, pure white, dry, free from the spores of moulds, ... In view of the extensive application which starch experiences (that of ..."

7. The Great industries of the United States: being an historical summary of by Horace Greeley (1873)
"starch plays an important part in the economy of Nature. It ts found in greater or less quantity in all the cereals — very pure in rice, barley, ..."

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