1. Stiff; precise; rigid.
1. a complex carbohydrate found chiefly in seeds, fruits, tubers, roots and stem pith of plants, notably in corn, potatoes, wheat, and rice; an important foodstuff and used otherwise especially in adhesives and as fillers and stiffeners for paper and textiles
Similar word(s): amylum
2. a commercial preparation of starch that is used to stiffen textile fabrics in laundering