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Webster 1913 Edition


Curdle

Cur′dle

(kûr′d’l)
,
Verb.
I.
[From
Curd
.]
[Sometimes written
crudle
and
cruddle
.]
1.
To change into curd; to coagulate;
as, rennet causes milk to
curdle
.
Thomson.
2.
To thicken; to congeal.
Then Mary could feel her heart’s blood
curdle
cold.
Southey.

Cur′dle

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Curdled
(-d’ld)
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Curdling
(-dlĭng)
.]
1.
To change into curd; to cause to coagulate.
“To curdle whites of eggs”
Boyle.
2.
To congeal or thicken.
My chill blood is
curdled
in my veins.
Dryden.

Webster 1828 Edition


Curdle

CURDLE

,
Verb.
I.
[sometimes written crudle. See Curd.]
1.
To coagulate or concrete; to thicken, or change into curd. Milk curdles by a mixture of runnet.
2.
To thicken; to congeal; as, the blood curdles in the veins.

CURDLE

,
Verb.
T.
1.
To change into curd; to cause to thicken, coagulate, or concrete. Runnet or brandy curdles milk.
At Florence they curdle their milk with artichoke flowers.
2.
To congeal or thicken. The recital curdled my blood.

Definition 2022


curdle

curdle

English

Verb

curdle (third-person singular simple present curdles, present participle curdling, simple past and past participle curdled)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To form curds so that it no longer flows smoothly; to cause to form such curds. (usually said of milk)
    Too much lemon will curdle the milk in your tea.
  2. (transitive, intransitive) To clot or coagulate; to cause to congeal, such as through cold. (metaphorically of blood)
    • 1814, Walter Scott, Waverley
      "Vich Ian Vohr," it said, in a voice that made my very blood curdle, "beware of to-morrow!"
  3. (transitive) To cause a liquid to spoil and form clumps so that it no longer flows smoothly
    • 1836, Charles Dickens, The Pickwick Papers
      It is enough,' said the agitated Mr. Slurk, pacing to and fro, 'to curdle the ink in one's pen, and induce one to abandon their cause for ever.'

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