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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v curdle turn from a liquid to a solid mass "his blood curdled"
    • v curdle go bad or sour "The milk curdled"
    • v curdle turn into curds "curdled milk"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Camel milk does not curdle.
    • Curdle To change into curd; to cause to coagulate. "To curdle whites of eggs"
    • Curdle To change into curd; to coagulate; as, rennet causes milk to curdle .
    • Curdle To congeal or thicken. "My chill blood is curdled in my veins."
    • Curdle To thicken; to congeal. "Then Mary could feel her heart's blood curdle cold."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • curdle To change into curd; cause to thicken or coagulate.
    • curdle To coagulate or thicken; become curd.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Curdle to turn into curd: to congeal: to thicken
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  • Lord Byron
    “For in itself a thought, a slumbering thought, is capable of years, and curdles a long life into one hour.”


Curdle your blood - If something is very frightening or disturbing, it curdles your blood.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Curd
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. Celt.; Gael. gruth, Ir. cruth.


In literature:

Set over a slow fire, stirring constantly to prevent curdling.
"Good Things to Eat as Suggested by Rufus" by Rufus Estes
Sometimes it has a curdled appearance, at others, it is of the consistency of cream.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
If it is still curdled, begin again with the yolk of another egg and add the curdled mayonnaise by degrees to the new dressing.
"How to Cook Fish" by Olive Green
But the thin blade penetrated every joint of his harness, and every particle of the poison curdled in his blood.
"Phineas Redux" by Anthony Trollope
He cried out in blood-curdling fury because other men were smarter than he was.
"Space Tug" by Murray Leinster
The dull whiz and swish of their flight made the most blood-curdling unearthly noise.
"The Victim" by Thomas Dixon
Wicked, blood-curdling husbands do not bring this look into women's faces.
"Prisoners" by Mary Cholmondeley
Is light curdling into snowflakes as it streams athwart the sky?
"Continental Monthly, Vol V. Issue III. March, 1864" by Various
He makes my blood curdle, just to look at him!
"Judith of Blue Lake Ranch" by Jackson Gregory
A more harmless blood than once curdled on the stones of Plataea now stains the empty sepulchers of the heroes.
"Seeing Europe with Famous Authors, Vol VIII" by Various
It came again, a blood-curdling yell, now so distinct that all heard it.
"Under the Great Bear" by Kirk Munroe
He buckled and dropped down with a blood-curdling yell.
"The Young Pitcher" by Zane Grey
The two hosts heard that cry, and quaked for fear, And Oxus curdled as it crossed his stream.
"Lyra Heroica" by Various
Suddenly a rustling sound from the lake met his ears, and he saw a sight which curdled the blood in his veins.
"Tales of Wonder Every Child Should Know" by Various
It makes my blood curdle when I think of it.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
Blood curdling, she inspired fear.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
That salt will curdle new milk; hence, in preparing porridge, gravies, etc., salt should not be added until the dish is prepared.
"The Handy Cyclopedia of Things Worth Knowing" by Joseph Triemens
If this is done carefully it will not curdle.
"Walnut Growing in Oregon" by Various
Faintly coming on the wind were heard the blood-curdling howls of a pack of wolves.
"Three Boys in the Wild North Land" by Egerton Ryerson Young
I feel sometimes as if I'd turned sour, and as if everything was wrong, and I was curdled.
"In Honour's Cause" by George Manville Fenn

In poetry:

The moon the clouds had shattered
In curdled peaks of pearl;
The honeysuckle scattered
Warm odors from each curl,
Where the white moonlight, flattered,
Hung molten 'round a girl.
"The Tryst" by Madison Julius Cawein
Like those that sit and glare so still,
Intense with their death struggle, till
We touch, and curdle at their chill!
But breathing yet while she doth burn
The deathless Daughter of the Sun!
"The Phoenix" by George Darley
For his heart was soured in his weary old hide,
And his hopes had curdled in his breast.
His friend had been untrue, and his love had thrown him over
For the chinking money-bags she liked best.
"A Tale Of Starvation" by Amy Lowell
Nought could resist his mighty will;
The flowers fell dead beneath his tread;
The streams of life, that through the plains
Throb night and day through crystal veins,
With feverish pulses frighten'd fled,
Or curdled, and grew still.
"The Year-King" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Yet here, this night, you might repose with me,
On green leaves pillowed: apples ripe have I,
Soft chestnuts, and of curdled milk enow.
And, see, the farm-roof chimneys smoke afar,
And from the hills the shadows lengthening fall!
"Eclogue 1: Meliboeus Tityrus" by Publius Vergilius Maro
Yet here, this night, you might repose with me,
On green leaves pillowed: apples ripe have I,
Soft chestnuts, and of curdled milk enow.
And, see, the farm-roof chimneys smoke afar,
And from the hills the shadows lengthening fall!
"Ecologue I" by Virgil

In news:

At The Box, Simon Hammerstein's louche cabaret, a spectacular cocktail of class and crass has started to curdle.
Mean humor, snide caricatures cause 'Butter' to curdle .
New city scrutiny could curdle the Greenpoint Food Market.
A Curdled Musical Romance Gets Couples Counseling.
Gail Simmons was so disappointed during the Top Chef Season 5 finale when she learned that Carla Hall's soufflé never made it to the plate: It had curdled in the oven.
Children and adults who sleepwalk or who emit blood-curdling screams, sweat profusely and appear terrified in the course of a night terror are not dreaming.
T yrannosaur opens with a dog being kicked to death by its master, Joseph (Peter Mullan), a Leeds widower curdled by his own fury.
Tyrannosaur opens with a dog being kicked to death by its master, Joseph (Peter Mullan), a Leeds widower curdled by his own fury.
Other cheesecakes I have baked through the years seem to be temperamental: they crack, may be too dense, or have a curdled texture if not combined or baked just right.
A Sweet Sound Curdling Into A Cliche .
Washington Ballet's ' Dracula ' swoops, slithers with blood-curdling style.
Nuts & Bolts: Mayfield campaign flack curdles over 'sour' headline.
The Psycho Path attraction in Sperry will curdle your blood.
Vincent Lam 's new book takes us on a tour of Asia that is blood curdling.
When Meg Lemieur was just 12 years old, she was plagued with horrific, blood-curdling nightmares.

In science:

Note that the curdling (29) mimics the situation occurring in equilibrium statistical physics.
Information theory and generalized statistics