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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Starches such as potatoes are a necessary part of most good diets.
▪ At this stage the fruit is hard and one quarter starch.
▪ Baked stuffed potatoes are an indulgent starch.
▪ Easy-cook rice is par-boiled to remove the surface starch that causes the problems when cooking other long grain rices.
▪ The starch in her collar had gone limp with the soaking.
▪ They are preferable to many sauces traditionally thickened with roux or other starches.
▪ What I wan na do is load this kid up with all the starch he can take.
▪ Bright blood was splattered across the chest of his starched white shirt as though it had been shaken out of a mop.
▪ She starched his shirts, shined his shoes, and kept lint off his suits.
▪ Kathy was there, and Tony Carbo, and a happy-looking assembly of dignitaries in pin-stripes and starched blue shirts.
▪ She shook out an-other damp starched shirt.
▪ These shirts need to be starched and ironed.
▪ An older woman whose hair and dress were folded and starched leading a younger woman flushed with inexpert embarrassment.
▪ His shirt was so white that it must have been starched.
▪ It advertised a character of fastidious and correct nature, some one whose collars would be uncomfortably starched.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Starch \Starch\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Starched (st[aum]rcht); p. pr. & vb. n. Starching.] To stiffen with starch.


Starch \Starch\ (st[aum]rch), a. [AS. stearc stark, strong, rough. See Stark.] Stiff; precise; rigid. [R.]


Starch \Starch\, n. [From starch stiff, cf. G. st["a]rke, fr. stark strong.]

  1. (Chem.) A widely diffused vegetable substance found especially in seeds, bulbs, and tubers, and extracted (as from potatoes, corn, rice, etc.) as a white, glistening, granular or powdery substance, without taste or smell, and giving a very peculiar creaking sound when rubbed between the fingers. It is used as a food, in the production of commercial grape sugar, for stiffening linen in laundries, in making paste, etc.

    Note: Starch is a carbohydrate, being the typical amylose, C6H10O5, and is detected by the fine blue color given to it by free iodine. It is not fermentable as such, but is changed by diastase into dextrin and maltose, and by heating with dilute acids into dextrose. Cf. Sugar, Inulin, and Lichenin.

  2. Fig.: A stiff, formal manner; formality.

    Starch hyacinth (Bot.), the grape hyacinth; -- so called because the flowers have the smell of boiled starch. See under Grape.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., from Old English *stercan (Mercian), *stiercan (West Saxon) "make rigid," found in stercedferhð "fixed, hard, resolute" (related to stearc "stiff"), from Proto-Germanic *starkijan "to make hard" (cognates: German Stärke "strength, starch," Swedish stärka "to starch"), from PIE root *ster- (1) "strong, firm, stiff, rigid" (see stark). Related: Starched; starching.


"pasty substance used to stiffen cloth," mid-15c., back-formation from starch (v.). Figurative sense of "stiffness of manner" is recorded from 1705.

  1. stiff; precise; rigid. n. 1 (context uncountable English) A widely diffused vegetable substance found especially in seeds, bulbs, and tubers, and extracted (as from potatoes, corn, rice, etc.) as a white, glistening, granular or powdery substance, without taste or smell, and giving a very peculiar creaking sound when rubbed between the fingers. It is used as a food, in the production of commercial grape sugar, for stiffening linen in laundries, in making paste, etc. 2 (context nutrition countable English) carbohydrate, as with grain and potato based foods. 3 (context uncountable figuratively English) A stiff, formal manner; formality. 4 (context countable English) Any of various starch-like substances used as a laundry stiffener v

  2. To apply or treat with laundry starch, to create a hard, smooth surface.

  1. n. a complex carbohydrate found chiefly in seeds, fruits, tubers, roots and stem pith of plants, notably in corn, potatoes, wheat, and rice; an important foodstuff and used otherwise especially in adhesives and as fillers and stiffeners for paper and textiles [syn: amylum]

  2. v. stiffen with starch; "starch clothes"

Starch (game)

Starch is a computer game written by Mark Dixon for the Acorn Archimedes computer. The object of the game was to help the principal characters complete tasks related to laundry duties in the company in which they worked.

Starch was retailed through Dabs Press which was closely associated with the publisher Alien Images.

The game supported either one or two simultaneous players. It featured a 3D playing area, digitized sound, speech and music, and used a 256 color screen mode.


Starch or amylum is a polymeric carbohydrate consisting of a large number of glucose units joined by glycosidic bonds. This polysaccharide is produced by most green plants as an energy store. It is the most common carbohydrate in human diets and is contained in large amounts in staple foods such as potatoes, wheat, maize (corn), rice, and cassava.

Pure starch is a white, tasteless and odorless powder that is insoluble in cold water or alcohol. It consists of two types of molecules: the linear and helical amylose and the branched amylopectin. Depending on the plant, starch generally contains 20 to 25% amylose and 75 to 80% amylopectin by weight. Glycogen, the glucose store of animals, is a more branched version of amylopectin.

In industry, starch is converted into sugars, for example by malting, and fermented to produce ethanol in the manufacture of beer, whisky and biofuel. It is processed to produce many of the sugars used in processed foods. Dissolving starch in warm water gives wheatpaste, which can be used as a thickening, stiffening or gluing agent. The biggest industrial non-food use of starch is as an adhesive in the papermaking process. Starch can be applied to parts of some garments before ironing, to stiffen them.

Usage examples of "starch".

Analysis and Valuation of the more important Chemicals used in Paper Making, including Lime, Caustic Soda, Sodium Carbonate, Mineral Acids, Bleach Antichlor, Alum, Rosin and Rosin Size, Glue Gelatin and Casein, Starch, China Clay, Blanc Fixe, Satin White and other Loading Materials, Mineral Colours and Aniline Dyes.

Since the extractive matters contained in wort and beer consist for the most part of the transformation products of starch, it is only natural that these should have received special attention at the hands of scientific men associated with the brewing industry.

In order still more to reduce the high price of corn, and to prevent any supply of provisions from being sent to our enemies in America, a third bill was brought in, prohibiting, for a time therein limited, the exportation of corn, grain, meal, malt, flour, bread, biscuit, starch, beef, pork, bacon, or other victual, from any of the British plantations, unless to Great Britain or Ireland, or from one colony to another.

According to this method a stock solution of hypochlorite of lime was added to the water, the amount necessary for any given water being determined by a solution of potassium iodide and starch.

Giancarlo Lo Manto handed a dark-haired woman in a blue starched suit his boarding pass and then quietly disappeared down the walkway of flight 614.

Fruits and vegetables contain far more of these micronutrients than high-density carbohydrates like grains and starches.

Amylopsin is absent from the pancreatic juice of infants, a condition which shows that milk and not starch is their natural food.

There was something ascetic in her look, which was augmented by the extreme plainness of a straight-skirted, black, stuff dress, a starched linen collar, hair combed away from the temples, and the nun-like ornament of a string of ebony beads and a crucifix.

Cellulose, polypeptides, carotenoids, and porphyrins could be transformed to sugars, starches, proteins, and edible fats.

Vegas its colorful reputation, although they were there in force, but preppy types from UNLV in starched golf shirts who knew they could treat anything with breasts like dirt and still get laid because they were so damned hot and hunky.

He would next go on the starcher, and later he would go into the loom room.

I saw Pete Starcher, an ex-homicide detective who worked with IAB, coming out.

For adults and older children, the diet should consist of such starchy foods as arrow-root, sago, corn starch, and rice, and of ripe grapes, freed from the skins and seeds, peaches, and boiled milk, or milk and lime water.

A neatly tied white cravat, decently starched linen, dark blue superfine coat, buff-colored waistcoat with just a hint of stripes, and a pair of pale fawn pantaloons did wonders for his appearance.

We found no traces of gum tragacanth or any binding starch in the crime-scene samples.