1(cuff/collar) (with starch) almidonar(cuff/collar) (with fabric underneath) armar(collar/cuff) (with fabric underneath) entretelar
- Hold a magnet nearby and the bits of iron will line up end-to-end; they form a rigid lattice that stiffens the mixture.
- For one precious moment the air filled with dragonfly hatchlings, their limp wings stiffening in the sun, performing aerobatic exercises before migrating down to the river.
- The sealant stiffens the fabric and prevents the threads from showing through the stitching.
- His knee also stiffens up after training, so it needs sorting out because it's an annoying problem.
- She stiffened for a second, but then relaxed in his arms.
- I heard the deep rumble of Michael's voice and I immediately stiffened up.
- Nicole followed my gaze, and I saw her visibly stiffen at the sight of her sister.
- Thicker foam also will stiffen the base fabric more than thin foam and requires the stability of heavy fabric, such as denim.
- He stiffened visibly, and stood there rigid, unsure of how to react.
- He looked at me, and even though he smiled, I could see his posture visibly stiffen.
- That's impressive for a man his age - perhaps, like me, he has a bad back that stiffens up when he sits.
- She tried to maneuver him to a dumpy sofa studded with a gaudy pattern of crimson roses, but Jack stiffened his knees.
- He suddenly stiffened up, looking at her as if he had just stepped across some kind of social boundary.
- The smaller muscles in the face and between the fingers start stiffening between two and four hours after death.
- The next essential garment was the corset stiffened with thin strips of whalebone.
- She tried to stand up, but her already tense muscles had stiffened considerably during the flight.
- He exaggerated the hips with panniered silk skirts, and skirts were stiffened into subtle bell shapes.
- He knows when to explode into the shot - when the defender is off balance or has stiffened his knees or has moved in too close.
- Her body stiffened slightly at the mention of that name.
- Her shoulders stiffened at his words, puzzling him.
- Did his face stiffen for a moment there or was it just my imagination?
- The Queen heard it as well, for Margaret saw her shoulders stiffen almost imperceptibly.
- The tallow and the beeswax was not able to be hardened and stiffened and this led to the invention of the moulding machine by Joseph Morgan in 1834.
- She grabbed my hand and my body stiffened even further.
2(make stronger)(resolve/morale) fortalecer(terms) hacer más duro
- Legislation that will stiffen the penalties for the offences of kidnapping and false imprisonment ought to be passed.
- And strikes can backfire: lack of public support can stiffen government resolve.
- At the same time, the Israeli position has stiffened.
- Total surprise was achieved, but resistance soon stiffened.
- But Hitler's forces were regrouping, and as the Allies pushed nearer to Germany's borders, German resistance stiffened.
- Little opposition was encountered at first, but resistance stiffened along the Litani river and Vichy troops counter-attacked at Merjayun and Kuneitra.
- On the other hand, this intimate contact with war can stiffen your resolve.
- We can hope for an early end to the destruction, but as resistance stiffens that prospect is by no means certain.
- European governments are stiffening their resistance to war in Iraq in advance of the weapons inspectors' report to the United Nations security council tomorrow.
- It took four hours for British paratroopers to reach the bridges on foot, by which time German resistance was already stiffening.
- After the German Army was chased across France, resistance began to stiffen.
- Half a dozen scandalous cases after 1780 illustrated the difficulties and stiffened foreign resistance to Chinese jurisdiction.
- Once the Allies were on German territory, enemy resistance stiffened.
- Although we could not get to Seville and be part of the 100,000-strong march, the events have only stiffened our determination in fighting capitalism.
- But as the Japanese imperium widened, Chinese resistance stiffened.
- It's personal, and you can sense, amidst the all the uncertainty and trepidation, American resolve stiffening.
- Japanese banks, besieged by requests to waive corporate debts, can stiffen their resolve to resist.
- Politicians stiffen penalties, and the police increase man-hours and arrests.
- Progressive Democrats revolted in the House caucus, stiffening resistance to the Republican bill.
1.1(become rigid)(joint/muscles/person) agarrotarse(person/muscles/joint) anquilosarse(corpse) ponerse rígido
1.3(in manner, reaction)ponerse tensoshe stiffened at the mention of his name — se puso tensa al oír mencionar su nombre
2(become stronger)(competition) hacerse más duro(breeze) aumentar