cur|dle [ `kɜrdl ] verb intransitive or transitive
if milk or another liquid curdles, or if something makes it curdle, lumps begin to form in it
make your blood curdle
to shock or frighten you very much

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.


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  • Curdle — Cur dle (k[^u]r d l), v. i. [From {Curd}.] [Sometimes written {crudle} and {cruddle}.] 1. To change into curd; to coagulate; as, rennet causes milk to curdle. Thomson. [1913 Webster] 2. To thicken; to congeal. [1913 Webster] Then Mary could feel… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • curdle — ► VERB ▪ separate or cause to separate into curds or lumps. ● make one s blood curdle Cf. ↑make one s blood curdle …   English terms dictionary

  • Curdle — Cur dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Curdled} ( d ld); p. pr. & vb. n. {Curdling} ( dl[i^]ng).] 1. To change into curd; to cause to coagulate. To curdle whites of eggs Boyle. [1913 Webster] 2. To congeal or thicken. [1913 Webster] My chill blood is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • curdle — [kʉrd′ l] vt., vi. curdled, curdling [ CURD + LE, sense 1] to form into curd; coagulate; congeal curdle someone s blood to horrify or terrify someone …   English World dictionary

  • curdle — (v.) 1630s (earlier crudle, 1580s), to thicken, cause to congeal, frequentative of curd (v.) to make into curd (late 14c.; see CURD (Cf. curd)). Of blood, in figurative sense to inspire horror from c.1600. Related: Curdled (1590); curdling… …   Etymology dictionary

  • curdle — vb *coagulate, congeal, set, clot, jelly, jell …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • curdle — [n] sour; change into coagulated substance acerbate, acidify, acidulate, clabber, clot, coagulate, condense, congeal, curd, ferment, go off, spoil, thicken, turn, turn sour; concept 456 …   New thesaurus

  • curdle — [[t]kɜ͟ː(r)d(ə)l[/t]] curdles, curdling, curdled V ERG If milk or eggs curdle or if you curdle them, they separate into different bits. The sauce should not boil or the egg yolk will curdle... [V n] The herb has been used for centuries to curdle… …   English dictionary

  • curdle — UK [ˈkɜː(r)d(ə)l] / US [ˈkɜrd(ə)l] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms curdle : present tense I/you/we/they curdle he/she/it curdles present participle curdling past tense curdled past participle curdled if milk or another liquid curdles,… …   English dictionary

  • curdle — curdler, n. /kerr dl/, v.t., v.i., curdled, curdling. 1. to change into curd; coagulate; congeal. 2. to spoil; turn sour. 3. to go wrong; turn bad or fail: Their friendship began to curdle as soon as they became business rivals. 4. curdle the or… …   Universalium

  • curdle — verb /ˈkɜː.dəl,ˈkɝ.dəl/ a) 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. b) To clot or coagulate; to cause to congeal, such as through cold …   Wiktionary

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