verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to make or become thick or thicker.
to make or grow more intense, profound, intricate, or complex:
The plot thickens.
late Middle English
verb (used with object)
to make or become thick or thicker:
thicken the soup by adding flour
) to become more involved:
the plot thickened
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Whether particulates in a mix are hydrophobic or hydrophilic, adding water can thicken the mix.
The mixture will thicken up a bit so that it almost coats the back of a spoon.
Thicken and color the lines so they are visible from across the room.
Slightly thicken the stock and add sour cream and, if desired, salt and pepper to taste.
Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture starts to thicken and boil.
The simple recipe involves lightly pan frying finely chopped leeks with flour and salt and then adding milk to thicken it.
It's actually a gelatinous preparation of the cell walls of red algae, used to thicken the fruit filling.
Such a system would continuously spread itself and thicken, expanding by its own internal logic.
The second you feel the mixture begin to thicken, start spooning up the candies.
The flame should be low so the fish slowly releases its juices, which thicken into a rich sauce.
Remove onion, thicken gravy with flour diluted with cold water, and season with salt and pepper.
Rub through a sieve, reheat, and thicken with butter and flour cooked together.
Thicken with butter and flour cooked together, add salt and pepper.
Drain, reserve liquor, and thicken with butter and flour cooked together.
Thicken stock with one-third cup flour diluted with enough cold water to pour easily.
Add one cup chopped cooked chicken, and stir until the mixture begins to thicken, then add one cup cream beaten until thick.
Remove meat, thicken stock remaining in pan with flour diluted with enough cold water to pour easily.
As soon as dressing begins to thicken, add one-half cup heavy cream beaten until stiff, then fold in the fish.
Reheat clam water to boiling-point, and thicken with one tablespoon butter and flour cooked together.
Strain and thicken with remaining butter and flour cooked together.
Strain liquor, thicken and season to serve as a gravy.
Strain through cheesecloth, reheat liquor, and thicken with butter and flour cooked together.
Thicken with one-fourth cup flour, diluted with enough cold water to pour easily.
Rub through a sieve and thicken with one tablespoon each butter and flour cooked together.
The valves inside the heart, which control the direction of blood flow, thicken and become stiffer.
The heart muscles thicken to make up for increased blood pressure.
Adding bulk to the diet may thicken loose stool and decrease its amount.
In time, they thicken and darken and may grow little bumps that bleed.
To thicken sauce, strain the cooking juices into a small saucepan.
Sure enough, two years ago, it began to thicken once again.
Peptides stimulate collagen production and thicken skin.
She tried to get help from her teacher, who sort of told her to thicken her skin over it.
Mash some of beans in pot with a potato masher or back of a spoon to thicken broth.
So to thicken it, you're going to have to add something: olive oil, butter.
These antibody proteins build up in the bone marrow and can cause the blood to thicken or can damage the kidneys.
To thicken multiple surfaces, all surface normals must be consistent.
The lining of the uterus starts to thicken, waiting for a fertilized egg to implant there.
Progesterone causes the uterine lining to thicken in preparation for pregnancy.
As the climate grew colder, glaciers began to thicken and lengthen.
These pustules then darken and thicken into a light tan to brown corky canker, which is rough to the touch.
Stir and mash some of the beans against side of the pan to thicken the mixture.