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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Starched Stiff; precise; formal.
    • Starched Stiffened with starch.
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Granules of Potato Starch Granules of Potato Starch

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: As bananas ripen, the starch in the fruit turns to sugar. Therefore, the riper the banana the sweeter it will taste.
    • starched Stiffened with starch.
    • starched Stiffened, as with fright; stiff.
    • starched Stiff; precise; formal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Tapioca is made from the starch in the roots of a poisonous plant known as bitter cassava.
    • adj Starched stiffened with starch: formal
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  • Edward M. Forster
    “Faith, to my mind, is a stiffening process, a sort of mental starch, which ought to be applied as sparingly as possible.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A special use of adj. stark; cf. Ger. stärke, starch—stark, strong.


In literature:

We put all the clothing in order and had it nicely done up with the last of the soap and starch.
"Strange True Stories of Louisiana" by George Washington Cable
The door opened, and a prim creature stiffly starched stood before Mrs Swann.
"The Matador of the Five Towns and Other Stories" by Arnold Bennett
When the candy is cold, pick it from the starch.
"Chocolate and Cocoa Recipes and Home Made Candy Recipes" by Miss Parloa
Thicken this liquid with one and one-fourth tablespoonfuls of a mixture of corn starch and flour.
"Mary at the Farm and Book of Recipes Compiled during Her Visit among the "Pennsylvania Germans"" by Edith M. Thomas
The crudely made garments were starched with a solution of flour or meal and water which was strained and then boiled.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume IV, Georgia Narratives, Part 1" by Work Projects Administration
Corn or maize and the manufactures thereof, including corn meal and starch.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, Volume IX." by Benjamin Harrison
But starch was the all-pervading feature of every shop-front.
"The Siege of Kimberley" by T. Phelan
"The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887)" by Mrs. F.L. Gillette
Starch never enters the system as starch, but must first be converted into sugar either in the body or out of it.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 484, April 11, 1885" by Various
Sugar and foods rich in starch like flour and corn meal are fuel foods.
"Food Guide for War Service at Home" by Katharine Blunt, Frances L. Swain, and Florence Powdermaker
Colored clothing must be rinsed before starching, and the starch should be thin and cool.
"The Easiest Way in Housekeeping and Cooking" by Helen Campbell
One of the digestive processes is the conversion of starch into sugar.
"The Story of the Living Machine" by H. W. Conn
A small amount of thin starch may be desirable.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Science in Rural Schools" by Ministry of Education Ontario
Ben had strolled back of a tall pile of starch-boxes.
"In Apple-Blossom Time" by Clara Louise Burnham
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
Starch injections containing laudanum often afford great relief.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
Cold starch is made from starch dissolved in cold water, being careful not to have it too thick.
"The Ladies Book of Useful Information" by Anonymous
Her well-starched muslin dress would swell off from her waist in a manner that was irresistible to George Robinson.
"The Struggles of Brown, Jones, and Robinson" by Anthony Trollope
M. M. Snuff starch up the nostrils.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
Prepare a thin starch paste and add 2 per cent.
"The Elements of Bacteriological Technique" by John William Henry Eyre

In poetry:

A was an Area Arch
Where washerwomen sat;
They made a lot of lovely starch
To starch Papa's cravat.
"Nonsense Alphabet" by Edward Lear
I do not love the Sabbath,
The soapsuds and the starch,
The troops of solemn people
Who to Salvation march.
"The Boy Out Of Church" by Robert Graves
Ancestors grim that stare
Stiff, starched, and haughty down
From the oaken wall of the noble hall
Put on a sterner frown.
"The Mirror" by Madison Julius Cawein
Here let us part! I will not say,
O lady free from scents and starch,
That you are like, in any way,
The authoress of “Middlemarch”.
"Black Lizzie" by Henry Kendall
"Gran'ma, I'm come to spend the day,
'Cause mother finds me in the way.
Gran'ma, I'll peg the hankies out;
Gran'ma, I'll stir the starch about;
Gran'ma, I'm come, because, you see,
At home, they can't put up with me."
"On Washing Day" by Fay Inchfawn
Which is the world? Of our two sleepings, which
Shall fall awake when cures and their itch
Raise up this red-eyed earth?
Pack off the shapes of daylight and their starch,
The sunny gentlemen, the Welshing rich,
Or drive the night-geared forth.
"Our Eunuch Dreams" by Dylan Thomas

In news:

AkzoNobel has sold its National Starch business to Corn Products International for $1.3 billion.
'Complex' carbohydrates are starches in their natural, unrefined form.
Peter Landa, Fiona Lam, Irina Morosov, Rita Rothman and Doreen Howard and Anja Gestmann, National Starch Personal Care.
Funds to be used for studies on quality, starch resistance.
Margot Harris for the Jersey Journal Serve with a side of your favorite vegetable and starch to create a well-rounded dinner.
In a World of Tasty Meat-Filled Starches.
Resistant starches from several vegetable sources are available to up the fiber and lower your body weight.
Has announced the sale of its National Starch business to Corn Products International.
Reuters reports that Henkel expects savings of $218 million this year following its integration with parts of National Starch in the spring of 2008.
What's the Difference Between Starch and Sizing.
National Starch and Chemical Company, a member of the ICI Group, is a worldwide manufacturer of adhesives, specialty polymers, electronic materials and specialty starches, with 2005 sales of $3.34 billion.
PenPure starch for frozen yogurt.
After 18-Hour Fast, People Drawn to Starches First and Vegetables Last.
New rules could all but suspend starches from public schools.
Typically used at 1/5 the level of starch, it is an effective starch replacer in hot and cold sauces, gravies and dips.

In science:

While the random aggregation of the amplifying fibers itself provides some scattering, the latter was enhanced in our experiments by the addition of passive scatterers like non-active fiber pieces or granular starch.
Levy statistical fluctuations from a Random Amplifying Medium
The tails of the histograms can be fitted to the power law function (g−ν ) with exponents ν = 0.62 and 1.68, for systems with passive scattering medium as non-active white fiber pieces and granular starch respectively.
Levy statistical fluctuations from a Random Amplifying Medium