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thickening (plural thickenings)

  1. the process of making something, or becoming, thick or viscous
  2. a substance, usually a source of starch, used to thicken a sauce
  3. a thickened part of a structure
    • 1992, Rudolf M. Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, page 6
      [] the inner layer (of nearly equally large cells) lacks the regular semiannular or annular thickenings of most other leafy liverworts []


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  1. simple past tense and past participle of thicken