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·ing, n. Something put into a liquid or mass to make it thicker.
adj 1: accumulating and becoming more intense; "the deepening
gloom"; "felt a deepening love"; "the gathering
darkness"; "the thickening dusk" [syn: deepening(a),
2: becoming more intricate or complex; "a thickening plot"
n 1: any material used to thicken; "starch is used in cooking as
a thickening" [syn: thickener]
2: any thickened enlargement [syn: node, knob]
3: the act of thickening [syn: inspissation]