加勁; 使硬; 剛性連接; 勁化
Stiff·en v. t. [imp. & p. p. Stiffened p. pr. & vb. n. Stiffening.]
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.
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.
n 1: the act of becoming stiff; "stiffening his shoulders, he
prepared to advance"
2: the process of becoming stiff or rigid [syn: rigidifying,