Thick·en v. t. [imp. & p. p. Thickened p. pr. & vb. n. Thickening.] To make thick (in any sense of the word). Specifically: --
(a) To render dense; to inspissate; as, to thicken paint.
(b) To make close; to fill up interstices in; as, to thicken cloth; to thicken ranks of trees or men.
(c) To strengthen; to confirm. [Obs.]
And this may to thicken other proofs. --Shak.
(d) To make more frequent; as, to thicken blows.
Thick·en, v. i. To become thick. “Thy luster thickens when he shines by.”
The press of people thickens to the court. --Dryden.
The combat thickens, like the storm that flies. --Dryden.
v 1: make thick or thicker; "Thicken the sauce"; "inspissate the
tar so that it becomes pitch" [syn: inspissate] [ant:
2: become thick or thicker; "The sauce thickened"; "The egg
yolk will inspissate" [syn: inspissate] [ant: thin]
3: make viscous or dense; "thicken the sauce by adding flour"