blanch


blanch
blanch, blench
Blanch means first and foremost ‘to make (something) white’ (especially vegetables by dipping them in boiling water) and (intransitively) ‘to become pale’ (from fear, shock, embarrassment, etc.); a by-form blench is also used in this sense. Confusingly, there is another (Old English) word blench, which overlaps slightly with blanch/blench in its meaning ‘to quail, flinch’, as in

• Strong men blenched and broke into a sweat of embarrassment when made to dance ‘Ring-a-ring o' roses’ in public outside Guildhall —Times, 1974.


Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Blanch — Blanch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Blanched}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Blanching}.] [OE. blanchen, blaunchen, F. blanchir, fr. blanc white. See {Blank}, a.] [1913 Webster] 1. To take the color out of, and make white; to bleach; as, to blanch linen; age has… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Blanch — Blanch, v. t. [See {Blench}.] 1. To avoid, as from fear; to evade; to leave unnoticed. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Ifs and ands to qualify the words of treason, whereby every man might express his malice and blanch his danger. Bacon. [1913 Webster] I… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Blanch — Blanch, v. i. To use evasion. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Books will speak plain, when counselors blanch. Bacon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Blanch — may refer to*Blanching, a form of cooking *Blanching (coinage), a method used to whiten metal *Blanch (medical), a physiologic phenomenon whereby the skin appears whitish because a transient ischemia is introduced *Blanch, North Carolina, an… …   Wikipedia

  • blanch — blanch; blanch·er; blanch·ing·ly; …   English syllables

  • blanch — [blanch, blänch] vt. [ME blanchen < OFr blanchir < blanc, white: see BLANK] 1. to make white; take color out of 2. to make pale 3. to bleach (endive, celery, etc.) by earthing up or covering so as to keep away light and improve the… …   English World dictionary

  • Blanch — Blanch, v. i. To grow or become white; as, his cheek blanched with fear; the rose blanches in the sun. [1913 Webster] [Bones] blanching on the grass. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Blanch — Blanch, n. (Mining) Ore, not in masses, but mixed with other minerals. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • blanch — [bla:ntʃ US blæntʃ] v [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: blanchir, from blanc white ] 1.) [T] to put vegetables, fruit, or nuts into boiling water for a short time ▪ Blanch the peaches and remove the skins. 2.) [i]literary to become pale… …   Dictionary of contemporary English