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stiffen +‎ -er


stiffener (plural stiffeners)

  1. Anything added to something in order to stiffen it, such as a support beam, or starch for a collar.
    • 1856: Charles Dickens, Sketches by Boz: Illustrative of Every-day Life & Every-day People [1]
      ... he wears a wisp of black silk round his neck, without any stiffener, as an apology for a neckerchief...
    • 1901: James Nisbit Hazlehurst, Towers and Tanks for Water-works: The Theory and Practice of Their Design and Construction [2]
      ...each of these stiffener-columns must be designed to resist approximately 26 tons. Sometimes single angles are thus used as stiffeners...
    • 1904: Edward L. Attwood, War-ships: A Text-book on the Construction, Protection, Stability, Turning, Etc., of War Vessels [3]
      The tee bar (b) is used as a stiffener to important bulkheads...