starch

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Noun[change]

Singular
starch

Plural
starches

  1. Starch is a carbohydrate found in seeds, fruits, roots, and tubers.
    Potatoes and rice are a good source of starch.
  2. Starch is a white powder made from carbohydrates and added to clothes during washing to make them stiff.
    She added starch to the washing to stiffen the shirt collars.

Verb[change]

Plain form
starch

Third-person singular
starches

Past tense
starched

Past participle
starched

Present participle
starching

  1. To starch is to add a powder to washing to make the material stiff.
    His freshly washed clothes had been starched and were so hard that it was difficult to put them on.