Webster 1913 Edition
stearcstark, strong, rough. See
Stiff; precise; rigid.
starchstiff, cf. G.
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.
Fig.: A stiff, formal manner; formality.
the grape hyacinth; – so called because the flowers have the smell of boiled starch. See under
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To stiffen with starch.
Webster 1828 Edition