Definition of thickening in English:



mass noun
  • 1The process or result of becoming broader, deeper, or denser.

    ‘where two continents collide, some crustal thickening occurs’
    count noun ‘one of the effects is a thickening of the skin’
    • ‘Marked skin thickening was evident.’
    • ‘The disease also clogs the body's lymph drainage system and that results in swelling, thickening and wrinkling of the skin.’
    • ‘Crustal thickening under the Himalayas reached a maximum during the Pliocene, although the mountains continued to grow (as they are still growing today).’
    • ‘For instance, it's long been dogma that the use of anabolic steroids interferes with proper hepatic function and causes thickening of the heart muscle.’
    • ‘In 1935 Cornbleet was the first to describe a thickening of the subcutaneous fat layer of the scalp.’
    • ‘The potentially fatal heart condition - signified by abnormalities and excessive thickening of the heart muscle - has left her suffering from angina, so she gets tired easily and has to pace herself.’
    • ‘The extent of thickening did not correlate with the amount of inflammation, suggesting a pre-existing condition.’
    • ‘The condition isn't a true tumor, but instead involves a thickening of the tissue around one of the digital nerves leading to your toes.’
    • ‘Alternatively, the patient might develop thickening of the skin, which would suggest the diagnosis of scleroderma.’
    • ‘Secondary bacterial infection can cause hardening and thickening of the skin, known as elephantiasis.’
    • ‘This rare disorder results in a thickening of the heart muscle, which impairs its ability to pump blood.’
    • ‘These rocks may represent the product of partial melting caused by crustal thickening during an orogenic event.’
    • ‘In both of these studies, prednisone administration did not reduce the development of residual pleural thickening.’
    • ‘One result of this is the well-known thickening of pulmonary secretions, generally developing later in life.’
    • ‘It is believed that babies who develop the condition are not born with pyloric stenosis, but that the progressive thickening of the pylorus occurs after birth.’
    • ‘The Nazca Plate, which underlies the eastern Pacific Ocean, slides under western South America, resulting in crustal thickening, uplift and volcanism.’
    • ‘Secondary features include burning or stinging, plaque, dry appearance, edema, ocular manifestations, peripheral location, and thickening of the skin.’
    • ‘We're told that we've been getting fatter for thirty years, and that this thickening of our waistlines portends a coming healthcare catastrophe.’
    • ‘Other symptoms include thickening of the skin, fat in the abdomen, fat under the eyeballs and neck, and apparent laziness.’
    • ‘The diuretic effect, over time, causes dehydration and thickening of the blood, digestive disorders and metabolic imbalance.’
    • ‘Slight redness and thickening at the injection site occurs in about 30% of patients.’
    • ‘Bronchiolar wall thickening may occur due to inflammation or fibrosis.’
    1. 1.1count noun A broader, deeper, or denser area of animal or plant tissue.
      ‘trees with tiny thickenings on the winter twigs’
      • ‘Fine spiral thickenings are frequent.’
      • ‘None of the species studied has thickenings in all vessels.’
      • ‘The ultrasound examination looks for a thickening of skin behind the fetal neck, called the nuchal fold, which sometimes occurs in Down syndrome and, possibly, other birth defects.’
      expansion, growth, increase in size, extension, amplification, augmentation, topping up, building up, addition, supplementing
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  • 2

    another term for thickener
    • ‘We did not use thickening in it but boiled it down till it was thick enough and we sautéed the onions first.’
    • ‘It is also often more appropriate to use foods with a thicker consistency than to use thickening in the foods.’


  • Becoming broader, deeper, or denser.

    ‘a hazardous journey through thickening fog’
    • ‘Alas, the thickening undergrowth has also proven the undoing of one of the less bright avian ground feeders.’
    • ‘Most spots on the Earth received an average of 15% less sunlight than they did 50 years ago thanks to, many scientists suspect, the thickening haze of air pollution.’
    • ‘Within brief minutes, the thickening clouds were zooming by our wing tips increasing our awareness of the plane's speed of approximately 150-mph.’
    • ‘If it had not been for the thickening fog, one might have thought that it was going to rain with no clouds in the sky.’
    • ‘Mr Chirac promised in the late 1980s, when he was prime minister, that leading politicians would submit personal financial records to parliament amid a thickening air of suspicion over political sleaze.’
    • ‘With that the girl turned into the thickening crowd and headed down one of the narrow alleys.’
    • ‘Tapioca flour is used as a thickening agent in foods.’
    • ‘The once bright sun dulled behind a sheet of faint mist, and many of the busy servants had a hood drawn up against the ever thickening fog.’
    • ‘I pushed my way through the thickening crowds of students and went straight to the student's parking lot and waited near the doors.’
    • ‘Morley trudged down the beach through the thickening mist and studied the tracks for a long time, before he heard the sound of wood buckling.’
    • ‘In medieval times it was a common practice to use a hollowed-out loaf as the container for a sweet or savory dish or as the primary thickening agent next to almonds.’
    • ‘It is also a very useful and beneficial thickening agent in all types of cooking.’
    • ‘York Civil Defence members had a real test of their efficiency when, in an ever thickening mist, they carried out what an officer described as a routine exercise.’
    • ‘Other non-medical uses are as a thickening agent for toothpastes and jams.’
    • ‘The higher you go, the colder it is, and the more likely that weak layers persist underneath a thickening slab of snow.’
    • ‘The snares were undisturbed, but poking about in the thickening undergrowth yielded another discovery - the pale, speckled shape of a fungus coaxed into emergence by the recent rains.’
    • ‘For less severe hair-loss, styling products such as thickening shampoos and gels may create the illusion of thicker hair.’
    • ‘Although the rough weather and thickening fog beyond the harbour prevented us passing between the high cliffs, we made up for it with a nightcap in the yacht club.’
    • ‘He took 300 kilograms of guar gum, a thickening agent found in salad dressing, and dumped it into a 25-meter swimming pool on campus.’
    • ‘The guar, or cluster bean, provides a gum that has 8 times the thickening power of cornstarch.’