Meaning of thickening in English:


Pronunciation /ˈθɪk(ə)nɪŋ/


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

    ‘where two continents collide, some crustal thickening occurs’
    • ‘one of the effects is a thickening of the skin’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These rocks may represent the product of partial melting caused by crustal thickening during an orogenic event.’
    • ‘Bronchiolar wall thickening may occur due to inflammation or fibrosis.’
    • ‘Alternatively, the patient might develop thickening of the skin, which would suggest the diagnosis of scleroderma.’
    • ‘Other symptoms include thickening of the skin, fat in the abdomen, fat under the eyeballs and neck, and apparent laziness.’
    • ‘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 both of these studies, prednisone administration did not reduce the development of residual pleural thickening.’
    • ‘Slight redness and thickening at the injection site occurs in about 30% of patients.’
    • ‘Secondary bacterial infection can cause hardening and thickening of the skin, known as elephantiasis.’
    • ‘Crustal thickening under the Himalayas reached a maximum during the Pliocene, although the mountains continued to grow (as they are still growing today).’
    • ‘Marked skin thickening was evident.’
    • ‘Secondary features include burning or stinging, plaque, dry appearance, edema, ocular manifestations, peripheral location, and thickening of the skin.’
    • ‘The disease also clogs the body's lymph drainage system and that results in swelling, thickening and wrinkling of the skin.’
    • ‘The diuretic effect, over time, causes dehydration and thickening of the blood, digestive disorders and metabolic imbalance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We're told that we've been getting fatter for thirty years, and that this thickening of our waistlines portends a coming healthcare catastrophe.’
    • ‘One result of this is the well-known thickening of pulmonary secretions, generally developing later in life.’
    • ‘The extent of thickening did not correlate with the amount of inflammation, suggesting a pre-existing condition.’
    • ‘In 1935 Cornbleet was the first to describe a thickening of the subcutaneous fat layer of the scalp.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This rare disorder results in a thickening of the heart muscle, which impairs its ability to pump blood.’
    1. 1.1count noun A broader, deeper, or denser area of animal or plant tissue.
      ‘trees with tiny thickenings on the winter twigs’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Fine spiral thickenings are frequent.’
      • ‘None of the species studied has thickenings in all vessels.’
      expansion, growth, increase in size, extension, amplification, augmentation, building up, addition, supplementing
  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The higher you go, the colder it is, and the more likely that weak layers persist underneath a thickening slab of snow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For less severe hair-loss, styling products such as thickening shampoos and gels may create the illusion of thicker hair.’
    • ‘Other non-medical uses are as a thickening agent for toothpastes and jams.’
    • ‘Alas, the thickening undergrowth has also proven the undoing of one of the less bright avian ground feeders.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tapioca flour is used as a thickening agent in foods.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Within brief minutes, the thickening clouds were zooming by our wing tips increasing our awareness of the plane's speed of approximately 150-mph.’
    • ‘The guar, or cluster bean, provides a gum that has 8 times the thickening power of cornstarch.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I pushed my way through the thickening crowds of students and went straight to the student's parking lot and waited near the doors.’
    • ‘With that the girl turned into the thickening crowd and headed down one of the narrow alleys.’
    • ‘It is also a very useful and beneficial thickening agent in all types of cooking.’