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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Stiffen  \Stiff"en\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Stiffened};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Stiffening}.]  [See  {Stiff}.] 
  1.  To  make  stiff;  to  make  less  pliant  or  flexible;  as  to 
  stiffen  cloth  with  starch. 
  Stiffen  the  sinews,  summon  up  the  blood.  --Shak. 
  2.  To  inspissate;  to  make  more  thick  or  viscous;  as  to 
  stiffen  paste. 
  3.  To  make  torpid;  to  benumb. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Stiffen  \Stiff"en\,  v.  i. 
  To  become  stiff  or  stiffer,  in  any  sense  of  the  adjective. 
  Like  bristles  rose  my  stiffening  hair.  --Dryden. 
  The  tender  soil  then  stiffening  by  degrees.  --Dryden. 
  Some  souls  we  see  Grow  hard  and  stiffen  with 
  adversity.  --Dryden. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  v  1:  become  stiff  or  stiffer;  "He  stiffened  when  he  saw  his  boss 
  enter  the  room"  [ant:  {loosen}] 
  2:  make  stiff  or  stiffer;  "Stiffen  the  cream  by  adding 
  gelatine"  [ant:  {loosen}] 
  3:  restrict;  "Tighten  the  rules";  "stiffen  the  regulations" 
  [syn:  {tighten},  {tighten  up},  {constrain}] 

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