Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
Advanced Dictionary    
Display options
Show syllables
Show Lookup History
Double-Click Lookup
  Show Spanish support
  Show Word Combinations
 
Pronunciation
Wordsmyth
  Phonics
  IPA
 
Entry formats
Standard
  Classic
 
Lookup History
blanch

blanch

 
pronunciation:
blaench
parts of speech:
intransitive verb, transitive verb
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to turn pale.
He blanched at the sight of so much blood.
synonyms:
etiolate, pale, whiten
similar words:
bleach, blench, fade, gray
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: blanched, blanches, blanching
definition 1: to remove color from; make white; bleach.
They blanch this wood before turning it into table tops.
synonyms:
bleach, blench, lighten, whiten
antonyms:
color, darken
similar words:
dim, dull, fade, gray, pale
definition 2: to boil or scald (food) briefly, as in removing the skins of nuts and fruits or preparing fruits and vegetables for freezing.
Blanch the vegetables in boiling water for one minute.You need to blanch the almonds before adding them to the mixture.
synonyms:
parboil, scald
similar words:
boil, cook
definition 3: of plants, to prevent from becoming green by cutting off light.
synonyms:
blench, etiolate, whiten
similar words:
bleach
definition 4: to make pale, as from illness or fear.
synonyms:
blench, pale
similar words:
lighten, sickly