stiffener

[stif-uh-ner, stif-ner]
noun
1.
a person or thing that stiffens.
2.
any substance, as starch or buckram, that serves to stiffen fabric.

Origin:
1690–1700; stiffen + -er1

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stiffen (ˈstɪfən)
 
vb
1.  to make or become stiff or stiffer
2.  (intr) to become suddenly tense or unyielding
 
'stiffener
 
n

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Example sentences
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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