Definition of thickener in English:



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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is pure yogurt, just milk and culture, with no stabilizers, thickeners, or other additives.’
    • ‘This is a synthetic substance used as a thickener and to encourage lather.’
    • ‘An unusually high amount of pectin - a natural thickener - makes the fruit ideal for making jams, jellies, and marmalades.’
    • ‘Processed foods, such as junk foods and fast foods, contain synthetic additives - preservatives, emulsifiers, thickeners, stabilizers and flavor enhancers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Oats or oat flour can be used as a thickener for soups, gravies, sauces, stews, or puddings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The fruit and roasted seeds are used in soups as a spice and a thickener.’
    • ‘First investigated over 200 years ago, fatty acids have become useful in producing various materials such as detergents, lubricants, and thickeners.’
    • ‘For that reason, the Consumers' Association is demanding new rules to ensure all additives - sweeteners, colouring, flavouring and thickeners - are clearly marked.’
    • ‘Corn, potatoes, soybeans and rice don't contain gluten, but it can be hidden in emulsifiers, fillers, thickeners and stabilizers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A significant source of calcium, it is used in Brazil as a thickener for instant soups and baby formula.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Modified starches were also used in food industries as a thickener.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dave, once a keen whisky drinker, smiles as he recalls how Jill would put thickener in his favourite tipple to help it go down.’
    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.’