Webster 1913 Edition
In the popular sense, the bloom or blossom of a plant; the showy portion, usually of a different color, shape, and texture from the foliage.
That part of a plant destined to produce seed, and hence including one or both of the sexual organs; an organ or combination of the organs of reproduction, whether inclosed by a circle of foliar parts or not. A complete flower consists of two essential parts, the stamens and the pistil, and two floral envelopes, the corolla and callyx. In mosses the flowers consist of a few special leaves surrounding or subtending organs called archegonia. See
☞ If we examine a common flower, such for instance as a geranium, we shall find that it consists of: First, an outer envelope or calyx, sometimes tubular, sometimes consisting of separate leaves called sepals; secondly, an inner envelope or corolla, which is generally more or less colored, and which, like the calyx, is sometimes tubular, sometimes composed of separate leaves called petals; thirdly, one or more stamens, consisting of a stalk or filament and a head or anther, in which the pollen is produced; and fourthly, a pistil, which is situated in the center of the flower, and consists generally of three principal parts; one or more compartments at the base, each containing one or more seeds; the stalk or style; and the stigma, which in many familiar instances forms a small head, at the top of the style or ovary, and to which the pollen must find its way in order to fertilize the flower.
Sir J. Lubbock.
The fairest, freshest, and choicest part of anything;
as, the; the state or time of freshness and bloom;
flowerof an army, or of a family
flowerof life, that is, youth
The choice and
flowerof all things profitable the Psalms do more briefly contain.
flowerof the chivalry of all Spain.
A simple maiden in her
Is worth a hundred coats of arms.
Is worth a hundred coats of arms.
Grain pulverized; meal; flour.
flowersof grains, mixed with water, will make a sort of glue.
A substance in the form of a powder, especially when condensed from sublimation;
A figure of speech; an ornament of style.
Ornamental type used chiefly for borders around pages, cards, etc.
Lev. xv. 24.
flowers cut from the stalk, as for making a bouquet.–
a plat in a garden for the cultivation of flowers.–
any beetle which feeds upon flowers, esp. any one of numerous small species of the genus–
Nitidulidæ, some of which are injurious to crops.
an Australian bird of the genus–
Anthornis, allied to the honey eaters.
an unopened flower.–
an assemblage of flowers which open and close at different hours of the day, thus indicating the time.–
a compound flower in which all the florets are sessile on their receptacle, as in the case of the daisy.–
one of a family (–
Dicæidæ) of small Indian and Australian birds. They resemble humming birds in habits.
A table ornament made of cut flowers.
A picture of flowers.–
the peduncle of a plant, or the stem that supports the flower or fructification.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
[From the noun. Cf.
To blossom; to bloom; to expand the petals, as a plant; to produce flowers;
as, this plant.
To come into the finest or fairest condition.
Their lusty and
Robynson (More’s Utopia).
floweredmy youthful spring.
To froth; to ferment gently, as new beer.
That beer did
To come off as flowers by sublimation.
Observations which have
To embellish with flowers; to adorn with imitated flowers;
Webster 1828 Edition
1.In botany, that part of a plant which contains the organs of fructification, with their coverings. A flower, when complete, consists of a calyx, corol, stamen and pistil; but the essential parts are the anther and stigma, which are sufficient to constitute a flower, either together in hermaphrodite flowers, or separate in male and female flowers.
2.In vulgar acceptation, a blossom or flower is the flower bud of a plant, when the petals are expanded; open petals being considered as the principal thing in constituting a flower. But in botany, the petals are now considered as a finer sort of covering, and not at all necessary to constitute a flower.
3.The early part of life, or rather of manhood; the prime; youthful vigor; youth; as the flower of age or of life.
4.The best or finest part of a thing; the most valuable part. The most active and vigorous part of an army are called the flower of the troops. Young, vigorous and brave men are called the flower of a nation.
5.The finest part; the essence.
The choice and flower of all things profitable the Psalms do more briefly contain.
6.He or that which is most distinguished for any thing valuable. We say, the youth are the flower of the country.
7.The finest part of grain pulverized. In this sense, it is now always written flour, which see.
1.Flowers, in chimistry, fine particles of bodies, especially when raised by fire in sublimation, and adhering to the heads of vessels in the form of a powder or mealy substance; as the flowers of sulphur.
A substance, somewhat similar, formed spontaneously, is called efforescence.
2.In rhetoric, figures and ornaments of discourse or composition.
1.To blossom; to bloom; to expand the petals, as a plant. In New England peach trees usually flower in April, and apple trees in May.
2.To be in the prime and spring of life; to flourish; to be youthful, fresh and vigorous.
When flowered my youthful spring.
3.To froth; to ferment gently; to mantle, as new beer.
The beer did flower a little.
4.To come as cream from the surface.