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Webster 1913 Edition


Flour

Flour

(flour)
,
Noun.
[F.
fleur de farine
the flower (i.e., the best) of meal, cf. Sp.
flor de la harina
superfine flour, Icel.
flür
flower, flour. See
Flower
.]
The finely ground meal of wheat, or of any other grain; especially, the finer part of meal separated by bolting; hence, the fine and soft powder of any substance;
as,
flour
of emery;
flour
of mustard.
Flour bolt
,
in milling, a gauze-covered, revolving, cylindrical frame or reel, for sifting the flour from the refuse contained in the meal yielded by the stones.
Flour box
a tin box for scattering flour; a dredging box.
Flour dredge
or
Flour dredger
,
a flour box.
Flour dresser
,
a mashine for sorting and distributing flour according to grades of fineness.
Flour mill
,
a mill for grinding and sifting flour.

Flour

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Floured
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Flouring
.]
1.
To grind and bolt; to convert into flour;
as, to
flour
wheat
.
2.
To sprinkle with flour.

Webster 1828 Edition


Flour

FLOUR

,
Noun.
[originally flower; L. flos, floris, from floreo, to flourish.]
The edible part of corn; meal. In the United States, the modern practice is to make a distinction between flour and meal; the word flour being more usually applied to the finer part of meal, separated from the bran, as wheat flour, rye flour. This is a just and useful distinction.

FLOUR

,
Verb.
T.
1.
To grind and bolt; to convert into flour. Wheat used formerly to be sent to market; but now great quantities of it are floured in the interior country.
2.
To sprinkle with flour.

Definition 2022


flour

flour

English

flour

Alternative forms

Noun

flour (usually uncountable, plural flours)

  1. Powder obtained by grinding or milling cereal grains, especially wheat, or other foodstuffs such as soybeans and potatoes, and used to bake bread, cakes, and pastry.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, “Foreword”, in The China Governess:
      Everything a living animal could do to destroy and to desecrate bed and walls had been done. []  A canister of flour from the kitchen had been thrown at the looking-glass and lay like trampled snow over the remains of a decent blue suit with the lining ripped out which lay on top of the ruin of a plastic wardrobe.
  2. (US standard of identity) The food made by grinding and bolting cleaned wheat (not durum or red durum) until it meets specified levels of fineness, dryness, and freedom from bran and germ, also containing any of certain enzymes, ascorbic acid, and certain bleaching agents.
  3. Powder of other material.
    wood flour, produced by sanding wood
    mustard flour
  4. Obsolete form of flower.
    that nobody is wished to see my dead body. & that no murnurs walk behind me at my funeral. & that no flours be planted on my grave. Thomas Hardy, The Mayor of Casterbridge.

Synonyms

Coordinate terms

  • (ground material): meal

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Verb

flour (third-person singular simple present flours, present participle flouring, simple past and past participle floured)

  1. To apply flour to something; to cover with flour.

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Cornish

Alternative forms

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [fluːɹ]

Noun

flour m (plural flourys)

  1. flower

Synonyms


Occitan

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Old Provençal flor, from Latin flōs, flōrem, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *bʰleh₃- (flower, blossom).

Noun

flour f (plural flours)

  1. (Mistralian) flower

Old French

Noun

flour f (oblique plural flours, nominative singular flour, nominative plural flours)

  1. Alternative form of flor
    • 1303, Bernard de Gordon, Fleur de lis de medecine (a.k.a. lilium medicine), page 136 of this essay:
      non pasque les flours touchent a la chair nue car ce seroit doubte que les porres ne se clousissent et de fievre putride.
      but not that the flowers should touch the naked flesh because this may cause the pores to shut with a putrid fever.

Romansch

Alternative forms

  • (Rumantsch Grischun, Sursilvan, Sutsilvan, Puter, Vallader) flur
  • (Sursilvan) flura

Etymology

From Latin flōs, flōrem, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *bʰleh₃- (flower, blossom).

Noun

flour f (plural flours)

  1. (Surmiran) flower

Scots

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfluːr/

Noun

flour (plural flours)

  1. a flower
  2. a bouquet (bunch of flowers)
  3. (uncountable) Wheat flour

Verb

flour (third-person singular present flours, present participle flourin, past flourt, past participle flourt)

  1. to embroider