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stiffener

[stif-uh-ner, stif-ner] /ˈstɪf ə nər, ˈstɪf nər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that stiffens.
2.
any substance, as starch or buckram, that serves to stiffen fabric.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; stiffen + -er1
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  • It starts out as a swimming larva, with a rodlike stiffener in its tail.
  • Top and bottom channels made from steel also enclose the stiffener panels.
  • Installation may be hindered by closely spaced base plate stiffener plates and may cut reinforcing steel in the foundation.
  • The maximum spacing of the first transverse stiffener at the simple support end of a curved plate girder is.

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