Definition of thickener in English:



  • 1A substance added to a liquid to make it firmer, especially in cooking.

    • ‘Dave, once a keen whisky drinker, smiles as he recalls how Jill would put thickener in his favourite tipple to help it go down.’
    • ‘Wheat flour used as a starch thickener needs relatively long cooking to remove its raw taste; and even after cooking it has a noticeable flavour.’
    • ‘For that reason, the Consumers' Association is demanding new rules to ensure all additives - sweeteners, colouring, flavouring and thickeners - are clearly marked.’
    • ‘Extra thickener is added to bring the butter fat content up to the minimum of 35% so it can be classified as thickened cream - gelatin is used.’
    • ‘And the cocoa butter takes on a life of its own - it becomes not only an ideal thickener, but also lends a hand adding sheen to sauces.’
    • ‘Modified starches were also used in food industries as a thickener.’
    • ‘An unusually high amount of pectin - a natural thickener - makes the fruit ideal for making jams, jellies, and marmalades.’
    • ‘Corn, potatoes, soybeans and rice don't contain gluten, but it can be hidden in emulsifiers, fillers, thickeners and stabilizers.’
    • ‘The most familiar use of starch is as a thickener for cooking sauces, as in cornflour, or perhaps as a substance for stiffening shirt collars.’
    • ‘This is pure yogurt, just milk and culture, with no stabilizers, thickeners, or other additives.’
    • ‘First investigated over 200 years ago, fatty acids have become useful in producing various materials such as detergents, lubricants, and thickeners.’
    • ‘Included among these ingredients are thickeners and gelling agents such as starches and gums, gelatin and pectin; and emulsifiers such as lecithin or mono- and diglycerides.’
    • ‘Much of this can be attributed to the increasing use of rice and rice ingredients in processed foods, a market outlet that includes snacks, soups, frozen dinners, candy, sauce thickeners, pasta, and other products.’
    • ‘A significant source of calcium, it is used in Brazil as a thickener for instant soups and baby formula.’
    • ‘This is a synthetic substance used as a thickener and to encourage lather.’
    • ‘It's the creamy component in some ice creams and yogurts, a satisfying alternative to fat in reduced-fat foods, and a thickener that adds a smooth finish to soups and sauces.’
    • ‘The fruit and roasted seeds are used in soups as a spice and a thickener.’
    • ‘Hair thickener was an oily blue liquid, a bit like petrol, and came in a clear plastic bottle that reminded me of a glue container.’
    • ‘Canned soups and sauces, salad dressings, ice cream and some processed meats and cheeses may contain wheat-based thickeners, fillers and stabilizers.’
    • ‘Processed foods, such as junk foods and fast foods, contain synthetic additives - preservatives, emulsifiers, thickeners, stabilizers and flavor enhancers.’
    • ‘Oats or oat flour can be used as a thickener for soups, gravies, sauces, stews, or puddings.’
    1. 1.1Chemistry An apparatus for the sedimentation of solids from suspension in a liquid.
      • ‘For instance, a town of 7,000 might have a sewage plant containing four pumps, sludge thickeners, and a chlorinator.’
      • ‘We're usually talking here about huge buildings stuffed full of crushers, agitators, thickeners, ball mills, conveyors and other vital equipment.’