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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Blanch the spinach for 30 seconds.
▪ A gun boomed; then another, blanching the sky to the south.
▪ Chop zest and blanch in boiling water to cover for 5 minutes.
▪ Four or five weeks more, and that greater snow would blanch the hedgerows.
▪ Then, obsessively, she went back to blanching her face.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Blanch \Blanch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Blanched; p. pr. & vb. n. Blanching.] [OE. blanchen, blaunchen, F. blanchir, fr. blanc white. See Blank, a.]

  1. To take the color out of, and make white; to bleach; as, to blanch linen; age has blanched his hair.

  2. (Gardening) To bleach by excluding the light, as the stalks or leaves of plants, by earthing them up or tying them together.

  3. (Confectionery & Cookery)

    1. To make white by removing the skin of, as by scalding; as, to blanch almonds.

    2. To whiten, as the surface of meat, by plunging into boiling water and afterwards into cold, so as to harden the surface and retain the juices.

  4. To give a white luster to (silver, before stamping, in the process of coining.).

  5. To cover (sheet iron) with a coating of tin.

  6. Fig.: To whiten; to give a favorable appearance to; to whitewash; to palliate.

    Blanch over the blackest and most absurd things.

    Syn: To Blanch, Whiten.

    Usage: To whiten is the generic term, denoting, to render white; as, to whiten the walls of a room. Usually (though not of necessity) this is supposed to be done by placing some white coloring matter in or upon the surface of the object in question. To blanch is to whiten by the removal of coloring matter; as, to blanch linen. So the cheek is blanched by fear, i. e., by the withdrawal of the blood, which leaves it white.


Blanch \Blanch\, v. i. To grow or become white; as, his cheek blanched with fear; the rose blanches in the sun.

[Bones] blanching on the grass.


Blanch \Blanch\, v. t. [See Blench.]

  1. To avoid, as from fear; to evade; to leave unnoticed.

    Ifs and ands to qualify the words of treason, whereby every man might express his malice and blanch his danger.

    I suppose you will not blanch Paris in your way.
    --Reliq. Wot.

  2. To cause to turn aside or back; as, to blanch a deer.


Blanch \Blanch\, v. i. To use evasion. [Obs.]

Books will speak plain, when counselors blanch.


Blanch \Blanch\, n. (Mining) Ore, not in masses, but mixed with other minerals.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1400, transitive, "to make white, turn pale," from Old French blanchir "to whiten, wash," from blanc "white" (11c.; see blank (adj.)). Originally "to remove the hull of (almonds, etc.) by soaking." Intransitive sense of "to turn white" is from 1768. Related: Blanched; blanching.


"to start back, turn aside," 1570s, variant of blench. Related: Blanched; blanching.


n. (given name female from=French), a less common spelling of Blanche.

  1. v. turn pale, as if in fear [syn: pale, blench]

  2. cook (vegetables) briefly; "Parboil the beans before freezing them" [syn: parboil]


Blanch or blanching may refer to:

  • Blanch (medical), a temporary whitening of the skin due to transient ischemia
  • Blanching (cooking), cooking briefly in boiling water
  • Blanching (coinage), a method used to whiten metal
  • Blanching (horticulture), growing vegetables in dark conditions to produce pale shoots or leaves
  • Blanch fee, an ancient tenure in Scots land law
  • Blanch, North Carolina, an unincorporated community

Blanch is also a surname of:

  • Andrea Blanch (born 1935), portrait, commercial, and fine art photographer
  • Arnold Blanch (1896–1968), born and raised in Mantorville, Minnesota
  • Stuart Blanch, Baron Blanch
  • Damien Blanch (born 1983), Australian-born Irish international rugby league footballer
  • Gertrude Blanch (1897–1996), American mathematician
  • Joan Blanch (1937–2014), Spanish politician
  • Johan Blanch, Occitan troubadour
  • John Blanch (c.1649–1725), British MP
  • Lesley Blanch (1904–2007), English writer, fashion editor and writer of history
  • Lucile Blanch (1895–1981), American artist and Guggenheim Fellow
  • Michael Blanch (born 1947), British diplomat
  • Myra Blanch, the fourth child of Hector and Elizabeth Blanch
Blanch (medical)

When skin is blanched, it takes on a whitish appearance as blood flow to the region is prevented. This occurs during and is the basis of the physiologic test known as diascopy.

Blanching of the fingers is also one of the most clinically evident signs of Raynaud's phenomenon.

Blanching is prevented in gangrene as the red blood corpuscles are extravasated and impart red color to the gangrenous part.

Usage examples of "blanch".

But why was Edwards, chief of obstetrics and gynecology, with them, and what was he so intent on telling Hamlin that could make the neurosurgeon blanch?

Les coudes arrondis, il decoupait avec facilite les chairs blanches ou noires, servait lui-meme largement ses petits, sa femme et son convive, et disait, avec un rire affreux, des choses innocentes.

Has grown and grown, and with her mellow shade Has blanched my thornless thoughts to her own hue, And even now is budding into blossom, Which never shall bear fruit, but inward still Resorb its vital nectar, self-contained, And leave no living copies of its beauty To after ages.

For one awful instant they were suspended above disaster, the keel of the boat riding the force of the torrent like a reversed magnet, unloosed, unmoored, out of control, the sharp spray in their faces, Henry shouting out encouragement to the straining motors, grinning Jalong in the bow with a plastic bucket bailing like mad, the bouncing Copelands trying not to glance too often at one another with the blanched appeal of stricken airline passengers, the fragile longboat, as if responding to psychic entreaty, moved forward an inch, another inch, then, in one sweet dizzying lift, rose up and over the crest of the falls onto a slick moving sheet of unruffled stream, and they looked around at themselves and they laughed.

Les aigues blanches et grises, le cou bas, cherchaient leur vie dans les menus roseaux qui craquaient sous leur pied et sous leurs dents.

At the mere mention of the backbreaking labor, Kalliana blanched and looked over at Troy.

Behind it was the blanched immensity of the plain, of the lonely desert from which Domini and Androvsky had come to face this barbaric stir of life.

As Gryllus coolly watched, he blanched, and suddenly whirling, ran out of the room.

Leurs coiffes blanches, tantot relevees en coquille sur le haut de la tete, tantot pendantes sur les epaules, mettent dans les assemblees une grace tres douce, profonde et triste.

With a dead body, if we press on an early-livid area, it blanches for a moment but then recolors as gravity pulls the blood back.

His features bore no sign of that deep emotion which stops the beating of the heart and blanches the cheek.

When embarrassed she would blush to the roots of that lemon hair and when she was frightened she blanched to the point of transparency.

He was very tall, with hair the golden color of blanched witchgrass in late summer that fell down to below his waist in length.

A blanket of small golden flowers, thousands of them nodding in an evening breeze, spread out in a broad circumference, standing in stark contrast to the blanched witchgrass around them.

The other dignitaries stiffened, and the painfully young ensign beside Anderson blanched.