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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]: 
  Stiffening  \Stiff"en*ing\,  n. 
  1.  Act  or  process  of  making  stiff. 
  2.  Something  used  to  make  anything  stiff. 
  {Stiffening  order}  (Com.),  a  permission  granted  by  the 
  customs  department  to  take  cargo  or  ballast  on  board 
  before  the  old  cargo  is  out  in  order  to  steady  the  ship. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  the  act  or  process  of  making  or  becoming  stiff 

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