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stiff•en



Pronunciation: (stif'un), [key]
v.t.
to make stiff.

v.i.
1. to become stiff.
2. to become suddenly tense, rigid, or taut, as in bracing oneself for or drawing back from shock, fear, or displeasure: He stiffened, expecting to hear the worst.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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