Blanch definition

blĕnch
To whiten (a metal) by soaking in acid or by coating with tin.
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To take the color from; bleach.
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To whiten (a growing plant or plant part) by covering to cut off direct light.
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The definition of blanch means to scald in hot water.

An example of to blanch is to scald vegetables before freezing to maintain their cell structure and green color.

An example of to blanch is turning almonds white by scalding their skin off.

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To cause to turn white or become pale.
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To scald (almonds, for example) in order to loosen the skin.
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To scald (food) briefly, as before freezing or as a preliminary stage in preparing a dish.
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To turn white or become pale.

Their faces blanched in terror.

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To make white; take color out of.
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To make pale.
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To bleach (endive, celery, etc.) by earthing up or covering so as to keep away light and improve the appearance, flavor, or tenderness.
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(metallurgy) To brighten with acid or by coating with tin.
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To prepare, as for freezing, by scalding (said as of vegetables)
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To remove the skins of (almonds) by blanching.
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To whiten; turn pale.
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To grow or become white.

His cheek blanched with fear.

The rose blanches in the sun.

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To take the color out of, and make white; to bleach.

To blanch linen.

Age has blanched his hair.

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(cooking) To cook by dipping briefly into boiling water, then directly into cold water.
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To whiten, as the surface of meat, by plunging into boiling water and afterwards into cold, so as to harden the surface and retain the juices.
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To bleach by excluding the light, as the stalks or leaves of plants, by earthing them up or tying them together.
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To make white by removing the skin of, as by scalding.

To blanch almonds.

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To give a white luster to (silver, before stamping, in the process of coining)
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(figuratively) To whiten; to give a favorable appearance to; to whitewash; to palliate.
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To avoid, as from fear; to evade; to leave unnoticed.
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To cause to turn aside or back.

To blanch a deer.

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To use evasion.
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A female given name, a less common spelling of Blanche.
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To cover (sheet iron) with a coating of tin.
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Origin of blanch

  • Middle English blaunchen to make white from Old French blanchir from blanche feminine of blanc white of Germanic origin bhel-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French blanchir

    From Wiktionary

  • Variant of blench

    From Wiktionary